Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Gemini Man, director Ang Lee‘s sci-fi thriller that sees Will Smith playing an assassin tasked with hunting down his own clone. Smith will pull double duty to portray both roles, with Lee using de-aging VFX—similar to the technology used in Captain Marvel and The Irishman—to portray the 50-year-old actor hunting down is 23-year-old self. Gemini Man marks the latest leap in Lee’s technological tinkering. The Academy-Award-winner shot his last film, the war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, in 4K and at 120 frames-per-second.
This trailer is fine, I guess. While the sad cover of “Forever Young” at the beginning is unintentionally comic, my larger concern is about the use of technology. The digital de-aging looks good, and Captain Marvel proved you can have it for a whole movie without missing a beat. My issue is with the 120 frames-per-second. Anything beyond 24 frames per second tends to yield the soap opera effect, and while the high frame rate was touted for Billy Lynn, it failed to catch on. While Ang Lee has certainly earned the benefit of the doubt, it’s been a while since he’s really made a film that floored me despite the technical boundaries he likes to push in his movies. Hopefully, Gemini Man will be in the vein of something like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where the story and the effects compliment each other.
Check out the trailer below. Gemini Man—which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, and Douglas Hodge—hits theaters on October 4.
For more on Gemini Man, make sure to check out the links below:
- CinemaCon: Paramount Trumpets ‘Rocketman,’ ‘Gemini Man,’ ‘Sonic’ and ‘Dora’
- 19 Action Movies to Watch in 2019
- Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Starts Filming as Will Smith Shares First Photo from Set