Ang Lee, director of Gemini Man, an upcoming American science fiction action movie, has shed more light on the challenges he encountered in making the movie, and how he was able to achieve the daunting task of making Will Smith look far younger than his actual age.
Lee said the movie gave him a chance to experiment with high frame rates and 3D filmmaking, disclosing that he believes that the higher frame rate of between 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second creates a more immersive experience.
The filmmaker revealed that making Will Smith younger required an enormous technological investment as the actor, who is in his fifth decade, had to also convincingly appear as a 20-something version of himself.
To de-age Smith, Lee said the visual effects team drew on photos of the actor, as well as his work in earlier movies like Bad Boys, and Six Degrees of Separation.
Lee also mentioned that he was committed to working with higher frame rates and in 3D as he believes it is the future of filmmaking.
Gemini Man stars Will Smith as an aging assassin who becomes the target of a younger clone of himself. It will be theatrically released in the United States on October 11, 2019, by Paramount Pictures.
Ang Lee is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter. He was educated in the United States, and his filmmaking career has brought him international, critical, and popular acclaim, with a lot of accolades.
His films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003), and Life of Pi (2012).