This morning, Paramount Pictures released the second trailer for Ang Lee and Will Smith‘s Gemini Man that gives you a little more idea about the story behind why there’s a younger version of Smith hunting an older Smith.

Ever since I saw the first footage for the movie back in April at CinemaCon, I knew it was going to be an odd one. First of all, director Ang Lee is best known for gorgeous films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Life of Pi, rather than for straight-up science fiction, but he’s also returning to action for the first time since Crouching Tiger.

But in this case, it looks like a full-on action movie with motorcycle stunts and shooting, complete with Jerry Bruckheimer on board as producer. Bruckheimer is best known for the early action films of Michael Bay and the later movies from the late Tony Scott. In fact, Bruckheimer produced one of Smith’s earliest action hits Bad Boys as well as Tom Cruise‘s early action classic Top Gun, BOTH of which are returning next year. It’s only strange that Ang Lee might want to get into that world, but his career has been so hit or miss over the last two decades — even with multiple Oscars! — that it’s nice Lee is branching out and diversifying. As you can see from the trailer, Lee seems to fall into the world of sci-fi action without missing a beat, and the movie already looks better than Smith’s disappointing I, Robot movie. (Oddly, there was a ’70s TV show called Gemini Man that was based on H.G. Wells but this movie is unrelated, other than the title.)

Gemini Man is also a weird one because it’s being released on October 11 vs. the July release that most of Smith’s action movies have received in the past, which makes me think it might be more cerebral than, say, Wild Wild West or Independence Day or even Suicide Squad.

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Earlier in the week, Paramount did a press event for the movie, and apparently, the younger Will Smith is a full-on CG digital clone rather than the CG de-aging or mocap some were expecting, so there are technical aspects to the movie of interest beyond the story and action.

You can check out the new trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

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