David Ayer‘s latest flick, ‘Bright‘ mixes gritty LAPD cop drama with magical fairy dust as humans coexist with orcs, elves and other mythological creatures. The film re-teams Ayer with his ‘Suicide Squad’ star Will Smith, who plays police officer Daryl Ward, and is partnered with an orc named Nick Jakoby, portrayed by Joel Edgerton. While investigating what seems like a normal crime, the pair are plunged into a power struggle over a magic wand, capable of great destruction. Opposing Ward and Jakoby is Leilah, a dark elf soldier of fortune played by Noomi Repace, who can “become whatever she needs to be.” Lucy Fry plays Tikka, a young waifish elf who currently possesses the wand and whom Ward and Jakoby will have to protect.
‘Bright’ was scripted by Max Landis (‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’) and is one of the most ambitious (and expensive) original films ever produced by Netflix.
Will it be worth it? Check out the trailer for yourself below:
The film also stars Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Happy Anderson, Kenneth Choi, Margaret Cho, Andrea Navedo, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, Brandon Larracuente, Cle Shaheed Sloan, Alex Meraz, Matt Gerald, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Veronica Ngo, Machine Gun Kelly (who is also featured on the film’s soundtrack), Kiiara, Future and Ty Dolla Sign.
‘Bright’ is earning comparisons to 1988’s ‘Alien Nation’, a cop film (and later TV series) about aliens that have come to Earth and are now assimilated into the human population, but then tension rises between the two races, in this case, human and alien.
In October, Smith discussed the racism allegory used in ‘Bright’, saying:
“[Joel’s] character is the first orc on the team, and I’m an African-American police officer who just found somebody else to be racist against. You never get to be on that side of racism when you’re black. ‘Look, man, I don’t want no orcs in my car!’”
Are you ready to see this alternate reality where bullets are used against swords?
Netflix will premier ‘Bright’ globally on December 22.
Source: Entertainment Weekly