There is a special synergy when a talented director finds his or her muse in an equally talented performer. Hollywood has a long history of pairings that have gone on to create special films. Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg…heck, in recent years Scorsese has been reborn thanks to his frequent collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio.
This past summer director David Ayer released his first genre picture, with Suicide Squad, which starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie. His next film will be a spin-off featuring Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens, in which Harley’s personal story will be more fully explored. However, Ayer already has a film in the can. Directly after filming Suicide Squad, he reteamed with Smith for the science-fiction action film, Bright.
The new film was written by Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein) and is the latest attempt by Netflix to achieve mainstream relevancy. The movie also stars Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). Hopefully Barinholtz and Smith get to share scenes again, as their chemistry in Suicide Squad was among the film’s highlights.
The movie has elements of fantasy, complete with elves and orcs, however is mixed with a measure of gritty reality. The story follows a pair of beat cops, a human and creature (played by Smith and Edgerton respectively), whose seemingly normal day goes awry. The movie looks as if it’s blending elements of Ayer’s Training Day with the social commentary of Alien Nation.
The overall production value and talented cast seems to be worth a movie ticket in itself, It will be interesting to see how well the movie performs on Netflix this winter. This is only a teaser and doesn’t give away much in terms of the film’s story, however it does give a glimpse of the tone we can expect. Check it out!
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.
Bright will be available on Netflix in December 2017.