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- Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the part of real life daredevil Philippe Petit.
While I'm not certain that the sublime 2008 documentary Man on Wire actually needs a 3D movie adaptation, they couldn't have cast a better actor for the role of puckish tightrope walker Philippe Petit than the lithe and likeable Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The French daredevil Petit dreamed of walking a tightrope slung between the Twin Towers. In 1974, he instigated a dangerous, illegal and heist-like scheme of espionage and trespassing, all in the service of whimsy and magic. It helps that director Robert Zemeckis knows better than anyone how to commingle groundbreaking special effects with complicated characterizations and story beats. Opening September 30 in select cities; wide release October 9.
Five more to look up: Bridge of Spies, MacBeth, The Martian, Sicario and Snowden