Gemini Man – In Cinemas 11 October 2019

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. The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renown producers Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

Five Things You Need To Know Now

It’s Will Smith like you’ve never seen him. Twice

Gemini Man features two Will Smiths, him playing both a 51-year-old assassin and the 23-year-old assassin out to kill him. Smith’s younger self is a fully realized digital human so sophisticated the pair are able to do hand to hand combat seamlessly on screen, in an astonishing double-performance. “You’re looking at Will looking at himself, 30 years younger,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “That’s a phenomenal experience for an audience.”

When Junior cries, its Will Smith’s tears

“This is not de-ageing, this is not face replacement – Junior is a completely digital creation, 100% driven by Will Smith’s performance capture,” says VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer. Every tear he cries, every punch he throws, everything you see is all pure Smith. “When I first saw it,” says the actor of his game-changing dual performance, “it was freaky. It was me. I was looking at the perfect 23-year-old version of me, like somebody took all the flaws out. It’s cinematically astounding. This is going to change how movies are made, and how movies are seen.”

Get ready for ‘Bike-Fu’

“This is another dimension, something we’ve never experienced before,” says Ang Lee of this all-new, immersive audience experience. The director has fully embraced the unparalleled action possibilities, using the term ‘Bike-Fu’ to describe a spectacular bike chase in Cartagena in which we witness duelling Will Smiths use motorbikes as weapons against each other. “Ang is making a leap forward that no other director has even tried to do,” says Jerry Bruckheimer of the Oscar-winning pioneer. “It’s exquisite,” adds Smith.

Feel like a part of the action

GEMINI MAN is also a next-level 3D HD viewing experience beyond what audiences have seen before on the big screen. The ultimate action movie, from two names synonymous with event-movie spectacle – Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Pirates Of The Caribbean) and David Ellison’s Skydance (Mission: Impossible, The Terminator Dark Fate) – it has been shot at a ground-breaking 120 frames per second, in 4K 3D. “Which sounds complicated,” says VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer. “But what it means is simple: the audience is [put] right in the middle of the action, with the actors.”

Acting without artifice

Using traditional make-up on set was impossible, with the cameras so powerful they could pick up how the blood vessels in the actors’ faces reacted. So, the make-up department developed a new translucence, to capture the subtleties in performance. For Lee and Smith, partnering to push themselves and each other to new heights, the results were astonishing. “I couldn’t have played Junior at 23 years old,” says Smith, “but now I’m able to because of the amount of experience I’ve had.” Or, as Lee marvels, “I found a new Will Smith.”

Five Facts About 3D+

  • 3D+ is an evolutionary digital format with a frame rate of 60 frames per second – more than double the traditional movie frame rate – giving audiences an amplified, fully-immersive 3D experience.
  • With 60 3D images projected every second, derived from a pristine 120 frames per second master,  3D+ renders images closer than ever before to what the human eye sees, putting the viewer right in the centre of the action.
  • More images mean more depth, allowing viewers to see and experience so much more in the frame.
  • This elevated combination of performance and action sees 3D+ deliver the emotional journey and visual spectacle of a filmmaker’s vision exactly as they intended it.
  • This evolution in visual storytelling gives audiences the most immersive cinematic experience that can currently be enjoyed in a theatre.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE and JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS Present In Association with FOSUN PICTURES A SKYDANCE / JERRY BRUCKHEIMER Production An ANG LEE Film

DIRECTED BY: Ang Lee
SCREENPLAY BY: David Benioff and Billy Ray and Darren Lemke
STORY BY: Darren Lemke and David Benioff
PRODUCED BY: Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Guo Guangchang, Brian Bell, Don Murphy
STARRING: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong

GEMINI MAN OPENS IN THEATRES 11 OCTOBER 2019

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/