Paramount Pictures just released a new behind-the-scenes video from the 2019 sci-fi action thriller, Gemini Man. The new featurette explores Will Smith playing Henry and his antagonist, Junior, and delves into the process of bringing the younger version of Smith to life.
“What is so special about Gemini Man is that at the center of it you have two characters played by one person across generations,” explains Will Smith. “I play both 50 year old Henry and 23 year old Junior who is sent to kill him.”
“You’re looking at Will who’s looking at his younger self. That’s a phenomenal experience for an audience,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
VFX Supervisor Bill Westenhofer confirms the younger version wasn’t achieved via a de-aging process or face replacement. “What you see for Junior is a completely digital creation 100% driven by Will Smith’s performance capture.”
“The concept of a man being chased by himself, that’s a really compelling idea for a story. Thanks to the technology now it’s possible,” adds director Ang Lee.
In addition to two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness), the cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, Fargo), Oscar nominee Clive Owen (Closer), and Benedict Wong (Avengers: Endgame, Deadly Class). Two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) directs and and Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger produced the thriller.
Paramount Pictures will release Gemini Man in theaters on October 11, 2019.
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