Bright first trailer: Will Smith, orcs, magic and cops

Netflix has released the first look at David Ayer’s Bright

Bright is a long way away yet, December to be specific, but Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for their original movie, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton and directed by David Ayer.

Here’s the plot synopsis, because we’re assuming you’ve got some questions:

“Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.”

Smith reunited with his Suicide Squad director for this gritty fantasy movie, which is written by genre regular Max Landis (Chronicle, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Victor Frankenstein). The supporting cast is impressive too, featuring Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke and Ike Barinholtz.

If they manage to pull it off, this looks like it could be a lot of fun, combining Ayer’s love of gritty, grim, gritty-again cop movies with a fantasy plotline. Then again, it could all go horribly wrong. Suicide Squad may have made a ton of money but his attempts to grit up the DC supervillains didn’t work for us, and Landis has a mixed track record when it comes to his awesome concepts resulting in awesome films (yes, Chronicle, no, Victor Frankenstein).

As far as Netflix original movies go, this one is a huge step for the streaming service with a hefty $90 million price tag. They’ve also got David Michod’s Brad Pitt vehicle War Machine and Adam Wingard’s Death Note on their upcoming slate.

Bright will be available to stream on Netflix in December. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.