To borrow a lyric from one of Aladdin’s signature songs, you ain’t never seen a Will Smith movie like this. The Men in Black star returns to the sci-fi realm with Gemini Man, playing Henry Brogan, an assassin who comes face-to-face with ... himself. No really, it’s his younger, faster, stronger self. Directed by Ang Lee and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film is a cat-and-mouse game where the cat and mouse happen to be the same creature. (Watch the new trailer above.)
The Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi used high-frame-rate technology to sell the illusion that audiences are watching 1990s era Will Smith act opposite his 2019 self. And if present-day Smith, 50, felt any trepidation about watching his past come to life onscreen, he hasn’t admitted to it. “Looking at youth versus experience, the 20s sucked ass,” the actor remarked at a recent Gemini Man press event. “Maybe my 30s were better. Now I’m more comfortable in my own skin.”
“The concept of a man being chased by himself, that’s a really compelling idea for a story,” Lee explains in a behind-the-scenes featurette (watch below). “When you see the two Will Smiths, that’s something we’ve never experienced before.” The film’s special effects artists also take care to note that the 23-year-old Smith seen in Gemini Man isn’t the result of the digital de-aging process seen in Marvel Studios productions like Captain Marvel and Ant-Man. Instead, they used the performance capture process to create the star’s digital doppelgänger. No matter how they made it happen, it gives a whole new meaning to Smith’s hit 1988 song “Just the Two of Us.”
Gemini Man opens in theaters on Oct. 11. Watch the behind-the-scenes featurette:
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