“It’s gritty, hardcore action,” enthuses Smith in the marketing piece below. “It’s wildly unique.”
The film tells of LAPD cops Ward (Smith) and Jakoby (Edgerton), the latter of whom is the first orc hired on the force. The pair find themselves on one hell of a mission when they come across a powerful artifact that everyone – both human and non-human, and from all sides of the law – will do anything to acquire.
Ayer’s experience depicting the underbelly of Los Angeles – with a resume that includes Harsh Times, Street Kings, Dark Blue and S.W.A.T. – seems just right for this genre mash-up. Suicide Squad, the filmmaker’s first foray with fantasy elements, didn’t exactly go swimmingly, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares combining a street-cop thriller with fantasy and social commentary. “It’s L.A. right now,” explains actress Noomi Rapace. “It just happens to be orcs and elves.”
Bright, also starring Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Jay Hernandez and Ike Barinholtz, among others, is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will hit Netflix on December 22.
Official synopsis for Bright:
Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.