Ang Lee is back to science-fiction with “Gemini Man”

Ang Lee is back to science-fiction with “Gemini Man”
Ang Lee on the set of Life of Pi (2012). Photo by Jake Netter - © 2012 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Taiwan-born filmmaker Ang Lee is currently filming Gemini Man (2019), a science-fiction action film that is expected to hit the silver screens worldwide next year. In it, Henry Brogen, portraited by Will Smith, is an aging assassin who is seeking to exit his career and finds himself going against a younger clone of himself, who can predict his every move.

Although better remembered for drama films like Life of Pi (2012) or Brokeback Mountain (2005), which both of them brought the Oscar for Best Director to the hands of Lee, or with the romance flick Sense and Sensibility (1995) which was his breakout into Hollywood filmmaking, the Asian director is not a foreign in the terrains of action and science fiction. His was the first introduction of this new age of Marvel universe movies with Hulk (2003), where Eric Bana was in the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk. And it is unthinkable to forget the amazing fantasy action movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), with those impossible fights with Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh flying around trees and house roofs.

Gemini Man (2019) bloomed from an original idea by Darren Lemke and was originally slated to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures along with Jerry Bruckheimer in 1997. Tony Scott and Curtis Hanson had previously been attached to direct the film. The project was shelved for decades since the filmmakers found the current CGI and visual effects at the time wouldn’t satisfy their demands. Now, with Disney out of the panorama, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Skydance Media are in charge of the production, with Paramount Pictures to distribute. David Benioff, Brian Helgeland and Andrew Niccol are the authors of the final screenplay.

The movie will be starred by Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond and Theodora Miranne. Filming started on February 27, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia and was followed by more photography in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. The production is currently continuing its filming in Budapest, Hungary.

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