Mary Elizabeth Winstead to play female lead opposite Will Smith in Ang Lee's Gemini Man

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Feb 27, 2018, 8:26 PM EST (Updated)

Ang Lee's Gemini Man has traveled a long way through the development process, but with this latest casting news, the film is taking another big step.

On the heels of the announcement that Clive Owen is currently in talks to play one of the movie's villains, there is now official confirmation on who will be starring opposite Will Smith (and, technically, Will Smith, as he plays an aging assassin as well as his 25-year-old clone). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has now joined the project as the female lead, beating out Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany for the role.

Winstead will play an operative who works for the same organization as Smith's character Henry, and while her initial job is to monitor his whereabouts, she eventually finds herself joining forces with him instead.

With this piece of casting news, Gemini Man, which was originally expected to begin production in the spring, is now looking at a February filming schedule. The film is being co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as Skydance's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, with Don Murphy as executive producer.

Winstead most recently starred in Season 3 of FX's critically acclaimed seriesĀ Fargo, as well as 2016'sĀ 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Gemini Man is currently slated for a Oct. 4, 2019 release. Are you intrigued?