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Will Smith Faces His Younger Self in Ang Lee's 'Gemini Man' Trailer (Video)

TheWrap logo TheWrap 4/23/2019 Brian Welk
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Using the same de-aging technology that turned Samuel L. Jackson into a young Nick Fury for "Captain Marvel," Will Smith goes face to face with his greatest enemy in the first trailer for "Gemini Man" — himself.

In Ang Lee's futuristic thriller, Smith plays a world-class assassin hunting a man who knows his every move, only to discover that the target is actually his clone. The twist is, this trailer begins from the perspective of the young Will Smith, and you'll do a quick double take when you realize you're looking at a "Fresh Prince" era Smith rather than how he actually looks in 2019.


"In my opinion, this is Will at his very best, and when the two come together, it is something truly magical," the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Life of Pi" director continued. "Further, the immense effort and technical skill of the crew in creating a new aesthetic, between the cinematography, art department, visual effects, and technical team, was both inspiring and heartwarming. I truly hope that this movie delivers a completely new theatrical cinematic experience to audiences across the world."

Having been de-aged over 25 years for the role, the "emotional and physical challenges of making this film have been the most demanding of my career," Smith said in a statement. "Ang is pushing the limits to give people an experience in the movie theater that you can't get anywhere else. This is not only an action film, but an exploration of what one's younger self can ultimately teach one's older self.

"I'm 50-years-old now, and the irony of becoming 23-year-old Junior in this film is that 23-year-old me wouldn't have been ready for this experience or to take on this role," he added ."Our hope is that this story provides something for everyone — never before seen cinematic wizardry, nuanced, relatable characters and next-level action."

Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing, and Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Guo Guangchang, Brian Bell and Don Murphy are executive producing.

"Gemini Man" opens in theaters from Paramount and Skydance on Oct. 11.

Watch the first trailer above.

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