'Gemini Man': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about upcoming Ang Lee movie
The concept of two identities with the same face has been the primary subject matter of several films and TV shows, but 'Gemini Man' is about to take that idea to a whole new level. The film actually belongs to that category of movies (or TV shows) that are often overlooked unless any of the following two scenarios happen - the audience evolves a taste for such stories or a star-studded cast assures the movie's success.
Something similar to the former scenario happened with the Cinemax TV series, 'Warrior', which had to wait decades until the audience was prepared to see anyone other than white characters take central stage. However, the case of 'Gemini Man' is indebted to the latter scenario where two big names of the industry assured the movie's appearance on the big screen.
'Gemini Man' is unique in its approach, and as we await its arrival this year, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming sci-fi movie:
'Gemini Man' is scheduled to be released in the United States October 11 by Paramount Pictures.
The plot is what makes 'Gemini Man' so intriguing. It follows an aging assassin, Henry Brogen, who is desperately trying to break from his bloody past and restart his life. However, he surprisingly meets a match who is exactly similar to the way he is. So much so, the two can even predict each other's movements and often display similar zeal while carrying out a murder. However, Henry soon has to realize that the other assassin is an exact but younger replication of him, and drawing much to the concept of one person being made from the dust of the other, the other assassin turns out to be a man made out of Henry's bones and flesh.
As said earlier, the cast is pretty star-struck. Will Smith plays the role of Henry Brogen and the other assassin, who is kind of a younger version of Henry. This certainly won't be Smith's first appearance in a sci-fi movie as he is already best known for some serious show-downs with aliens as Agent J in the hit movie franchise, 'Men In Black'. He will also portray The Genie (originally played by Robin Williams) in a live-action film adaptation of Disney's 'Aladdin', directed by Guy Ritchie, which is scheduled to be released May 24. Smith will be joined by Clive Owen who is set to play the character, Clay Varris, the man who made the replicated younger version of Henry.
Owen earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in 'Hemingway and Gellhorn' and played Dr. John W. Thackery on the Cinemax medical drama series 'The Knick', for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Smith and Owen will be joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Danny, Benedict Wong as Baron, and Linda Emond as Lassiter.
Ang Lee is set to direct the movie, and we certainly can expect a massive amount of visual spectacles. The director is best known for his work on 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Life of Pi', both of which had won him Academy Awards for Best Director. He also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', for which he also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
News: A Very Late Arrival
The movie is long overdue as it was first conceived in 1997 following which it kind of went through development hell for almost 20 years. At some point, some really big names such as Tony Scott, Curtis Hanson and Joe Carnahan were attached to the film, and actors like Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery, were favorable choices for the lead role. Finally, in 2016, Skydance Media purchased the rights to the screenplay from Walt Disney Pictures and the film took off. Ang Lee signed to direct it only a year later.
The trailer introduces us to Henry Brogen and his dilemma when he meets his younger self. A significant question rings throughout the trailer; why would anyone send Henry's younger self to kill him. As the answer is not given in the trailer, it, however, points at the two characters' uncertainty about killing each other.
A second trailer for the movie was released giving us a clearer picture of what to expect from the film.
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It might be a good idea to rewatch the 1988 Canadian psychological horror film, 'Dead Ringers', which saw the tumultuous relationship between twins, Elliot and Beverly, both of who are practicing psychologists. As the twins turn on one another for love, the story takes a darker turn where one face has to be erased for the survival of the other. Similarly, 2015's 'Legend' follows two identical twins who rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld to become two of England's most dreaded mafia dons. On a similar note, 2009's 'Leaves of Grass' saw two twins take down a local drug lord when their pot business is threatened.
You could also check out movies like 'The Double Life of Véronique' (1991) and 'The Man Who Haunted Himself' (1970).