The plot sort of seems like Zootopia for adults, but it’s directed by David Ayer (who most recently did Suicide Squad) if that starts to paint a picture for you. Smith plays an LAPD cop in a modern day Los Angeles—but there’s a twist. The populace also includes orcs and fairies.
And you know those buddy cop hijinks kick in once Smith gets assigned an orc partner at work:
Netflix spent an historic amount of money to get this thing made, so the movie has a lot to live up to expectations-wise.
As Deadline points out, “Hollywood was floored in March 2016 when Netflix committed $90 million-plus for the package, which included $3 million for Max Landis’ original script.” It was the first purchase of that magnitude for Netflix.
For the director’s part, he’s hoping they key to the movie’s success will be in its R-rating.
“This isn’t some bullshit PG-13 standard issue studio movie,” Ayer said on a panel Thursday. “You haven’t seen this before. This is a new kind of thing we’re doing.”
Bright premieres on the streaming service December 22.