Elite assassin Will Smith finds himself at the heart of Gemini Man, a techno-action thriller about a man who finds himself being tracked and targeted by a younger, equally efficient killer – himself.
Through the ever-improving art of computerized de-aging, Smith plays himself at both 50 and at 23.
Two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), ever wanting to push the cinematic envelope forward, shot the film in 4K 3D at a high frame rate of 120fps just as he did for his 2016 drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The reception to that film’s ultra-high def crispness was mediocre at best and the film was a huge financial flop. Utilizing it in a more high-tech action film, and led by one of biggest stars on the planet, might change that course. But since most theaters are still not equipped with the technology to show the film Lee shot, most of us will see it in a converted form anyway.
The film, which has been in development for decades, went through a handful of top writers. Credited with the final version are Billy Ray, Darren Lemke, Andrew Niccol, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson and Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff. It’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s first film with Paramount Pictures since Days of Thunder (1990) and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.
Paramount Pictures will release Gemini Man on October 11th.