When it comes to original films, Netflix has really been stepping up their game lately, recently making a huge move to acquire Martin Scorsese’s next effort, The Irishman. That’s still quite aways away from debuting, however, but there’s still a lot to look forward to in the near future, like David Ayer’s Bright (which cost the company a cool $90 million).
So far, the project has been shrouded in a heavy amount of secrecy, but earlier tonight, the streaming service unveiled the first trailer for the film and finally gave us a taste of what to expect. It’s not terribly long, clocking in at about 30 seconds in length, but it teases a weird, spooky and dark journey for Will Smith, who reunites with his Suicide Squad director here for what looks like something pretty unique.
In Bright, Joel Edgerton plays “an Orc who is partnered with a human cop (Smith). Their ordinary beat takes a decidedly unordinary turn when they wind up coming into the possession of a massively powerful (and highly illegal) weapon: a magic wand.” So, it’s a bit like End of Watch with a fantasy twist then, which is a concept just out there enough that it may actually work. It certainly sounds ambitious, if nothing else, and this first trailer’s got us pretty excited to learn more.
As the first tentpole-sized feature to come out of Netflix, Bright boasts star power in spades, with Edgar Ramirez, Brad William Henke, Noomi Rapace, Dawn Olivieri and Spider-Man: Homecoming star Kenneth Choi rounding out the remainder of the cast. It also holds an R rating, which ought to lend David Ayer and Co. enough creative freedom to craft a cop procedural with some bite and personality – two things that will prove indispensable if it’s to stand out from its genre contemporaries.
Bright will hit Netflix this December. Take a look at the first teaser above and be sure to share your thoughts with us in the usual place.