Bright trailer: Will Smith teams up with an ORC in new Netflix film from the director of Suicide Squad

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

It’s official – ‘Bright’ is really, really weird.

And it might just be completely brilliant, too.

‘Bright’ stars Will Smith as an LAPD cop… so far, so normal. But here’s the twist – his partner is an orc. That’s right, Will Smith’s upcoming Netflix movie ‘Bright’ – directed by David Ayer of ‘Suicide Squad’ fame – takes place in an alternate universe where “magical creatures live side by side with humans and the police have a division handling crimes involving magic.”

The problem? Some unsavoury dudes are after a very powerful wand.

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Although Netflix is completely dominating with their original content, this marks one of their first major movie releases. And with Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace on board, it’s obvious that they mean business.

But if you still have no idea what it’s all about, here’s the official synopsis:

A bit better than a truncheon – Credit: Netflix

“Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, 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 (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.”

Sounds awesome, right?

It’s been previously described as a cross between David Ayer’s ‘End of Watch’ and the 1988 sci-fi flick ‘Alien Nation’. Obviously, the whole buddy cop dynamic is key here… and with a gritty style to boot, it looks as though this could be something a bit special.

Orc Street Gangs? A magic wand? What the hell? – Credit: Netflix

It’s certainly an interesting premise, and as long as the general Netflix audience aren’t put off by the fantasy-laden imagery, I think they could be onto a winner. After all, it looks a bit bonkers even if it does seem to take itself very seriously.

But it could be the perfect mashup of genres that’s been long overlooked. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

‘Bright’ 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 Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.

David Ayer directed the movie, based on a script by Max Landis.

‘Bright’ heads to Netflix in December 2017.

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