Not only does the trailer provide quite a bit more footage from the film and its stars, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, but it also reveals significantly more of the premise behind the unique project.
Scripted by Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis, Bright is set in a version of the modern world where all manner of fantasy creatures coexist with humans. Two-time Oscar nominee Smith (Men in Black, Suicide Squad) plays a police officer partnered with the department’s first orc cop (played by The Gift and Warrior actor Edgerton), and the pair find themselves caught up in a dangerous adventure when they encounter a young female elf and the powerful magical artifact in her possession.
Landis has compared the film to Ayer’s own gritty cop drama, End of Watch, with the addition of magical elements, and it appears to share something in common with 1988’s Alien Nation, too.
Along with Smith and Edgerton, the film’s cast includes Prometheus actress Noomi Rapace, Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Edgar Ramírez (Carlos), and Lucy Fry (Wolf Creek). Additional supporting cast members include Happy Anderson (The Knick), Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy), Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies), and Andrea Navedo (Jane the Virgin).
Earlier this year, Netflix won a bidding war for the rights to Bright, and the $90 million price tag on the film makes it the most expensive original movie produced by Netflix to date. Landis was paid $3 million for the script — one of the largest deals a writer has received in recent years. The film is subject to a unique deal intended to provide all of the cast members and creative team similar returns to what they would receive on a traditionally distributed film, so Bright has been the subject of significant industry attention in recent months.
Bright will debut on Netflix December 22.
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