Next up from Ang Lee is the sci-fi action feature Gemini Man in which Will Smith plays dual roles. Game Of Thrones show-runner David Beniof has written the script about a National Security Agency veteran who is trying to retire and finds himself a marked man the killer on his trail, a younger cloned version of himself.
Having been stuck in development for two decades - mostly because they didn’t have the technology capable of rendering the same actor at different ages - Gemini Man was acquired by the Hollywood production company Skydance Media and is now moving ahead…..Skydance has set a release date of October, 2019 for it.
Well, maybe actors do some of their own stunts after all: Jeremy Renner broke both his arms in a stunt-gone-wrong on the comedy Tag. The action star fractured his right elbow and his left wrist on the movie about a group of former school mates who organise an elaborate game of “tag” across the country. The Renner incident didn’t, apparently, disrupt the shoot which continued after his arms were set. Annabelle Wallis, from The Mummy and Peaky Blinders, co-stars in Tag with Isla Fisher and Leslie Bibb.
Star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie announced last weekend that they had completed the extensive New Zealand phase of the sixth Mission: Impossible adventure. Prior to New Zealand the production had filmed a car chase involving Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, in Paris and now they have moved on to London. Mission 6 is full of new and returning faces. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby will play major parts alongside Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan and Ving Rhames.
Rhames, who plays tech expert Luther Stickell, will have a more substantial role in Mission 6 after fairly brief appearances in the last two films.