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Will Smith is returning to the big screen in a big way this year, first with his already-polarizing casting as the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” and then as the star of Ang Lee’s science-fiction thriller “Gemini Man.” The latter is one of Paramount Picture’s fall tentpole releases and co-stars Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, and Linda Emond. “Gemini Man” brings Lee back to major VFX filmmaking after “Life of Pi,” which won him the Best Director Oscar.
The concept for “Gemini Man” sounds almost like a riff on Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” as it centers around an aging assassin named Henry Brogen (Will Smith) who must evade being killed by his younger clone who knows his every move. Smith is starring in both roles, with de-aging VFX technology being used to make the actor look decades younger. The film is the latest movie in 2019 to use such technology after “Captain Marvel,” which de-aged Samuel L. Jackson so he could play MCU character Nick Fury in the 1990s. Martin Scorsese is using similar VFX on “The Irishman” to de-age Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
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In addition to the de-aging technology, Lee also shot...
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