Visionary director Ang Lee has always been one to take visual effects to the next level and it’s no different here with the upcoming Gemini Man.
With his impressive work mixing martial arts choreography and visual effects in 2000s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the incredible CGI on the display in award-winning film Life of Pi (2012), Ang Lee has always been at the forefront of technology when it comes to VFX.
In his next film, the sci-fi action film Gemini Man starring Will Smith, Lee looks to take things one step further yet again.
Smith plays an elite assassin who has been targeted by a rival with familiar characteristics – a clone of himself.
The significance here is that Smith’s clone is about 20 years younger than him, and Lee and his effects team have been using the latest de-aging technology to make the most realistic version of a young Will Smith possible.
That’s the key effect that’s being marketed as groundbreaking with the production of Gemini Man, though as you’ll see in the new featurette below, Lee has not limited himself to simply creating realistic looking faces.
The technology at hand in this film aims to give viewers the best available immersive viewing experience in cinemas.
If anyone can do it, Ang Lee can so let’s hope he’s been able to connect all the dots on this one and provide us with a film containing an awesome story, thrilling action and gorgeous visual effects – because we need all three things to hit the mark to enjoy a truly great cinematic experience.
You can check out more specific details about the facial de-aging tech in this past featurette here.
And if you haven’t seen the trailer for Gemini Man yet, check it here – it looks great.
The film hits cinemas on 10 October 2019.