The Netflix original is directed by David Ayer, known for cop thrillers Street Kings and End of Watch and for helming last year’s Suicide Squad. Ayer melds both his crime cinema ideals with a touch of the fantasy we saw in Suicide Squad in Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans co-exist with orcs, elves and fairies. Smith stars as a human cop who is partnered with an orc (Edgerton). The two must put aside their differences when they uncover a darkness that could affect the world as they know it.
Netflix is pushing this one pretty hard – marketing wise, even getting chart-topping hip hop music artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Migos and Logic for the film’s soundtrack; three music videos for the soundtrack arrived early on Netflix. The film could be a big hit for the company, although it will be hard to tell since they keep their ratings and performance numbers firmly under wraps.
We’ll see if they have a winner on their hands when Bright, which also stars Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramírez, Margaret Cho and Ike Barinholtz, arrives on December 22.
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.
The Netflix original film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi. The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers. The film will be released on Netflix on December 22, 2017.