Will Smith’s Bright has finally gotten a teaser trailer. In the upcoming Netflix film, Smith stars as a cop in an alternate Los Angeles. In this version, LA is a dystopia inhabited by both humans and mystical creatures.
Smith reunites with director David Ayer for this film. The two last worked together in 2016’s Suicide Squad, where Will Smith played the villain (or is it hero?) Deadshot. Yes, Suicide Squad wasn’t a major hit among critics. It did, however get a fair bit of love from loyal DC fans. The duo is hoping to score a hit with Bright, which is being produced on a whole new original script. Max Landis (American Ultra) is writing.
Heavy Police Duty
On IMDB, the plot of Bright reads: “Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans, a human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for.”
The trailer starts off inconspicuously enough: Will Smith in uniform, cruising through the city in a police car. His partner, the orc played by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) presumably has his hands on the steering wheel. Woody Guthrie’s vintage country song This Land Is Your Land plays in the background. But then we get our first clear look what a shotgun-wielding orc of that world looks like – green skin, fangs and all.
We are then presented with other images: Lucy Fry with pale hair and shocking eyes, Smith holding a bronze broadsword in the middle of a street, a creepy figure with a face like a skull and antlers.
The mood of the trailer is clearly a dark one. It ends with Smith’s character diving across what looks like a grocery store, perhaps leaping out of the way of some off-screen danger, before the title flashes on screen.
But it’s clearly a major effort on the part of Netflix. $90 million went into the production budget for Bright. To date, this makes it the streaming service’s biggest and most ambitious project yet.
From The Big Screen To Netflix
In March of last year, David Ayer explained the decision that brought the film to Netflix. Ayer said that, in the end, it came down to creative freedom, something that major studios preferred to keep a leash on. Even with a small budget to work with, the director felt like the essential vision of Bright had a better chance of coming alive with Netflix.
“I was after the creative freedom, he ability to make really hard R movies with vision and voice,” he said, in the Deadline interview, “You do that as a theatrical release, and you’d better hit a bull’s eye, some culture zeitgeist. Otherwise it’s a gamble for studios.”
Bright will hit Netflix in December 2017.