Will Smith is beside himself. No, really.
The movie Gemini Man, due to be released October 11, 2019 has nothing to do with the invisible man TV show of the same name starring Ben Murphy in the ’70s. This film is about a sniper who’s being hunted by a clone of himself. Both the clone and the original version are played by Will Smith (Independence Day, Wild, Wild West, Aladdin, and Men in Black)
Gemini Man is directed by Ang Lee, who has helmed projects as diverse as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility, Hulk, and the Life of Pi. The script was written by David Benioff (Game of Thrones), Billy Ray (Earth 2, The Hunger Games), and Darren Lemke (Lost, Shrek Forever After).
Benedict Wong (Dr. Strange’s colleague Wong in the MCU, and stealer of scenes in Avengers: Endgame), co-stars as Baron. Golden Globe nominee Clive Owen co-stars as Clay Varris. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Danny; she was in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Gemini Man looks like it has plenty of action, lots of excitement, and spends some of its creative capital on the bioethical discussion on cloning. Think of Nancy Freedman’s classic novel, Joshus, Son of None or the Star Trek: Next Generation episode “Up the Long Ladder.” It also demonstrates the prowess of Hollywood to deage an actor digitally. If this can be done this convincingly, this close up, doesn’t it open up broad new vistas for actors playing roles they formerly couldn’t have played?
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Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.