Mary Elizabeth Winstead has landed the female lead role in ‘Gemini Man’ an action thriller to be directed by Ang Lee. Winstead will star opposite Will Smith, who plays Henry, an aged NSA agent who hopes to retire and leave his violent lifestyle behind him. There are forces that oppose this move, however, and he finds himself the target of a deadly assassin, who turns out to be a younger clone of himself. Clive Owen recently signed on to play one of the film’s antagonists.
Winstead reportedly beat out Elizabeth Debicki (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’) and Tatiana Maslany (‘Orphan Black’) for the female lead role. Winstead gained notice with memorable roles such as Michelle in ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, Mary Todd Lincoln in ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and Ramona Flowers in ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’. She was seen in two TV series last year, PBS’ ‘Mercy Street’ and the latest installment of FX’s anthology crime series ‘Fargo’. Prior to that, she starred on the CBS political satire ‘Brain Dead’ and has appeared in films such as ‘Swiss Army Man’ opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
In ‘Gemini Man’, Winstead’s character works for the same agency as Henry and is tasked with keeping tabs on him, but ultimately winds up helping him.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing along with Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Don Murphy is executive producing.
The award-winning director Lee’s last film was ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ which won two Hollywood Film Awards. He is also known for such successes as ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. He also notoriously directed Universal’s superhero flop ‘Hulk’. Hopefully, ‘Gemini Man’ will be more along the lines of ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ than that.
‘Gemini Man’ is due to be released in theaters on October 4, 2019. Check back for more updates as they are revealed.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter