Always wanted to watch Will Smith fight a younger version of himself? If so, today’s your lucky day, because there’s definitely some of that on display in the first trailer for Ang Lee’s long-in-the-works sci-fi assassin tale, Gemini Man. Check it out below for some digitally altered Smith-on-Smith action.
Gemini Man is one of those projects that feels like it has always been in some stage of production that never quite pans out. It first appeared on the scene in 1997, has been rewritten countless times, had directors like Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and Joe Carnahan (The Grey) attached to direct, and the list of potential leads has included Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Nic Cage, Clint Eastwood, and even Sean Connery over the years.
And through all of that, we get what we see here, a digitally de-aged Will Smith chasing himself and trying to figure out exactly what the hell is going on. For the most part, this trailer looks like your standard big studio action blockbuster. We have scenes that look rad and others that made me grit my teeth and question why people make the choices they do.
Because it’s Ang Lee, however, I have hope. Even with his less-than-great movies, he’s not afraid to push boundaries, test new technology, and subvert storytelling norms. And the idea of an assassin being hunted by his younger clone certainly delves into potentially interesting thematic territory. If nothing else, there’s much to be curious about.
Here’s a synopsis:
Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.
Because Gemini Man is an Ang Lee movie, the credits also are full of big-names. This includes producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison, as well as stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.
Gemini Man opens on October 11.