In Ang Lee's "Gemini Man," Will Smith fights against his younger self. However, digital rejuvenation technology was not used, which we know from Marvel, among others. As a comparison rather is "The Lion King".
In Los Angeles, director Ang Lee and his lead actor Will Smith spent a few minutes on "Gemini Man," a sci-fi actioner about a world-class assassin who wants to retire, whereupon his boss appoints a younger clone of the killer, We had to cancel a visit, but some US colleagues were on hand to report that in the ensuing Q & A session, Will Smith revealed some very interesting information about his apparent "dual role" in the sci-fi action thriller Has. He has no such, his second I completely comes from the computer.
So far we all assumed that "Gemini Man" was a technique similar to Marvel's, for example, for the digital rejuvenation of Michael Douglas in the "Ant-Man" films, Robert Downey Jr. in "The First Avenger: Civil War, Kurt Russell in "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," and most notably Samuel L. Jackson in "Captain Marvel," who is also currently using Martin Scorsese on his Netflix thriller "The Irishman." But according to Slashfilm, Smith said, "The younger character is not me. That is 100 percent a digital figure ". You did not take pictures of him and then digitally rejuvenated, but the figure comes completely from the computer. His comparison: It is the same way as in "The Lion King". He only made motion capture shots for it - by the way, with the WETA team, which brought us Gollum from the "Lord of the Rings" movies, among other things.
AFTER "GEMINI MAN": MORE ACTORS FROM THE COMPUTER?
Currently "The Lion King" is rightly considered a quantum leap that will go down in cinematic history. Individual animals from the calculator are no longer a rarity ("Gemini Man" director Ang Lee has set his own standards here with "Life Of Pi"), Jon Favreau created with "The Lion King" the first animated film (at least 99, 9%), where it is unrecognizable that it is not a real movie. But what is the next logical step after a complete animal world from the computer and a complete human from the computer? Yes, it is probably only a matter of time until we may eventually see a movie in which seemingly real people act, but everything comes from the computer.
In Hollywood, the nightmare or the vision of making movies in the future in the future, for example, Marilyn Monroe as a loving couple with a young Tom Hanks, has come to mind. "Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow" already kicked off such discussions back in 2004, but at that time it was necessary to have already existing films by Laurence Olivier for his "canvas rebirth". "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" rekindled the debate with a performance by dead Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher, but here, too, other actors playing the scenes were needed. "Gemini Man" is now the next stage, where only motion capture recordings have to be fed into the computer. And who knows how long it will take for even these to become superfluous. After all, we've long known that Hollywood studios now even store such recordings of the performers to use them later.
SOON THERE IS THE RESULT IN THE CINEMA
"Gemini Man" will be released on October 3, 2019. After a first impression in the previous trailers, we see on the big screen, how a computer-generated person works in a movie and whether so shortly after "The Lion King" immediately again cinema-animation-history is written. Above all, we have the direct comparison, interacts with the young CGI-Will-Smith and the real Will Smith.
If the result is as impressive as the first footage suggests, then many movie fans around the world will probably start thinking about the idea of seeing an apparent real movie with real people but no actors shortly.