Official stills from Will Smith and David Ayer’s BRIGHT

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Suicide Squad alums David Ayer and Will Smith are re-teaming for the upcoming Netflix film, Bright; a police drama set in a world populated by fantasy creatures like orcs, elves and fairies. The first teaser trailer dropped last week, and Entertainment Weekly has the first still images as well as some story and character details courtesy of Smith and co-star Joel Edgerton.

Smith commented on the film as a whole, saying:

“I love how bizarre it is. I’ve been saying it’s Training Day — a gritty LA cop drama, the darkness and handheld grittiness — meets Lord of the Rings. There’s orcs and fairies and elves, mean-ass elves.”

The main arc of the film will be Smith’s character, Scott Ward having to work alongside an orc named Nick Jacoby (Edgerton) to locate a magical relic with the potential to incite all out war amongst the humans and the orcs, elves and fairies…and spell annihilation for the losing side.
Edgerton describes his character, saying:
“I am the first orc, under a diversity program, to be allowed into the police force. His fellow officers do not welcome him with open arms. “I’m under investigation already for an incident that involved an orc who should have been apprehended but managed to escape. The feeling is that I looked after my own kind first and neglected to do my job as a result.”
 Smith adds:
“He’s like the Jackie Robinson of orcs. He has to make it go right, or other orcs won’t have a shot. So he’s taking on the social responsibility of being a good cop, with the weight of his people on his shoulders.”
But Jacoby’s being on the force seems to be making life difficult for his partner, as Smith reveals:
“I’m getting ridiculed by other members of the police force. In their interpretation, I’m giving him a fair shot, and I should really just be trying to get him off of the force.”
Smith and Edgerton are also joined by Noomi Rapace (Dead Man DownPrometheus), Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne UltimatumWrath of the Titans), Lucy Fry (Wolf CreekVampire Academy), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide SquadThe Mindy Project), Brad William Henke (Orange is the New Black, Split), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, The Wolf of Wall Street), Andrea Navedo (Jane the Virgin, Law & Order), Dawn Olivieri (The Last Witch Hunter, House of Lies), Matt Gerald (Daredevil, Avatar), Aaron V. Williamson (Terminator Genisys, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Alex Meraz (Suicide Squad, Twilight: Eclipse), Daniel Moncada (Breaking Bad, Graceland), Veronica Ngo (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) and Nadia Sloane (Days of Our Lives, Pitch). Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein, Chronicle) is on scripting duties.
Bright is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in December.
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