The second trailer for Will Smith's new film Gemini Man has just been released, giving viewers an expanded look at the science fiction action thriller. Smith plays an elite assassin targeted by a mysterious figure who can seemingly anticipate his every move: it soon becomes clear that his pursuer is a younger clone sent to him by his dodgy employers.
Will Smith takes on the dual task in Gemini Man and plays both the older character and the clone. Director Ang Lee uses CGI to make the clone look remarkably younger. And the effect, to say the least, is … disturbing. "It was like seeing a ghost," says older Smith in the trailer, and frankly, too. Certain shots of the clone in the trailer are shocking at how effective they are. Smith looks the same as in the days of Fresh Prince . Other scenes in which he speaks and interacts with other characters, however, fall into an eerie valley area. The Internet freaked out in February, when footage of Disney's live-action Aladdin's remake of Smith in fully computer-generated Blueface was genius: truly the stuff of nightmares.
CGI desaging technology is here A long way since the eerie, rubbery versions of Xavier and Magneto, which appeared in the prologue of X-Men: The Last Stand of 2006. Earlier this year, Samuel L. Jackson starred in Captain Marvel as a much younger version of his character, Nick Fury, and the way his appearance was digitally altered fit seamlessly into the film. Why is the effect in Gemini Man so repugnant? And when the producers saw what they were doing, why did not they just call Jaden Smith to play the clone instead?