Global superstar Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.
On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world, The Pearl, suddenly ablaze—and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.
We first meet Will Sawyer 10 years earlier, the lead member of an elite division of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team—in the middle of a tense standoff with a troubled man who is holding his family hostage in a cabin. When negotiations fail, Will’s team is sent in. The rescue goes sideways, and Will loses the hostages, most of his team—and his left leg below the knee.
Recovering in the hospital, his body and career in tatters, Will meets the beautiful and talented naval surgeon, Sarah (Neve Campbell), who saved his life. He and Sarah marry and build a happy life together. A decade later and Will and Sarah are devoted parents to eight-year-old twins Georgia and Henry, a tag team who are at once bosom buddies and rivals for their parents’ affections.
Despite the passage of time, some wounds refuse to heal. The powerful Will is forever a changed man, the loss of his leg a constant reminder of the most fateful night of his life. He’s traded in his weapons for a desk job, and left the military to become a private contractor, where he advises the corporate sector on security.
Despite the gains of marriage and family, Will still feels haunted by the past tragedy. As he confesses to a friend, “After what happened, I put my sword down. I laid it down, and I don’t plan on ever picking it up again. Funny thing is, without that bad luck I never would’ve met Sarah, never would’ve had my kids. I love them with all my heart, but there’s something broken inside me. I can feel it. It haunts me. Sometimes I don’t feel like I deserve them—like I haven’t earned the right to have them in my life.”
When Will’s former colleague Ben (Pablo Schreiber)—a fellow survivor of that horrible standoff in the woods, who has also joined the private sector and is The Pearl’s head of security—gives him the second chance of his life with a recommendation to Zhao Long Ji, Will prepares for months. But the recommendation is only that, and Will must prove his mettle in a high-stakes meeting with Zhao, his security detail, and The Pearl’s intended insurers.
Little does he know that this meeting will set in motion the most dramatic events of his life, and hold his family’s fate in the balance. Forced to rely on his training under the most extreme circumstances, and with his loved ones caught in the middle, Will faces unimaginable obstacles—both to clear his name, and to save the lives of those he holds closest…one mile above the ground.