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Netflix’s Bright looks like a darker, grittier Men in Black

by Brandon Russell | February 27, 2017February 27, 2017 5:00 pm PDT

The teaser for Netflix’s Bright starts innocuously enough: It presents itself to be like every cop drama ever. But stay a little longer and you’ll soon realize whatever future world Will Smith inhabits is… different to say the least.

The film follows a cop named Scott Ward (Will Smith), who lives in an “alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing.”

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

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 is available only on Netflix this December. Bright is directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad) stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). The movie is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and produced by Ayer, Eric Newman (Narcos) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games). The Netflix Original Film will launch globally this December.

See? It’s as if Will Smith is rebooting Men in Black.

Bright has some big talent involved

Bright is a pretty massive get for Netflix, which has already attracted a lot of talent for its impressive library of TV shows. Although the service offers plenty of great original films—Beasts of No Nation is a standout—it’s perhaps more associated with the low-brow movies put out by Adam Sandler, including The Ridiculous Six. Bright could help turn that perception around.

Bright is directed by David Ayer, and stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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