On the Set of Bright, Netflix’s New Sci-Fi Movie Starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton embark in a new and – let’s face it – unexpected adventure with Netflix’s “genre-bending” sci-fi/action movie Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time (told ya).

Clearly impossible to properly categorize, and that seems to be the whole point, Bright is Suicide Squad‘s director David Ayer’s new (and hopefully, smarter) project coming to the famous streaming service.

Filmed in Los Angeles, the movie juggles with fantasy, crime, and, yes, comedy elements, which must have represented quite a challenge for its lead actors and director, having to deal with an abstract and much wider spectrum of characters and universes, as the behind-the-scenes look, below, demonstrates.

 

If anything, the video unveils the mystery surrounding the upcoming Netflix original film by shedding light on its 2 heroes, whose uncommon relationship (one is human, the other an orc) is at the heart of the storyline. “This film, in a lot of ways, is really the story of a friendship,” says Ayer. “It’s about officer Ward [Smith] and officer Jakoby [Edgerton]. They’re both LAPD officers, but they couldn’t be more different.”

Nick Jakoby, played by Edgerton, who wears enough makeup and facial prosthetics to look like he came straight out of The Lord of the Rings, is the first orc on the force, meaning that his life and career haven’t been a walk in the park. “He’s spent his whole life trying to be as human as possible,” explains Edgerton. “And he really wants to fit in with the human society.” Daryl Ward, on the other hand, is a pretty rough, typical officer who has no interest in befriending Jakoby, and would rather find out if he can truly trust him.

But the blooming bromance is about to take a new turn and be put to the test when, during a routine patrol night, the partners come across a powerful artifact in the shape of a magic wand that could alter the future and their world as they know it. The real problem? Everyone wants to get their hands on it.

Unique in many aspects, Bright will challenge movies preconceptions for better or worse from December 22 worldwide on Netflix. It will also star Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Andrea Navedo, Ike Barinholtz, Alex Meraz, and Jay Hernandez.