Last week Netflix debuted the first trailer their upcoming film titled Bright, a gritty crime drama with supernatural and fantasy elements from director David Ayer. The film tells the story of an Orc named Jakoby, the first of his kind to join the police force, who is paired with a reluctant partner named Ward, played by Will Smith. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Smith and Edgerton discussed their characters and the social relevance of the film’s story.
Edgerton explained why his character is not welcomed by his fellow police officers.
“I am the first orc, under a diversity program, to be allowed into the police force. 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.”
Will Smith compared Edgerton’s character to Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.
“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.”
Will Smith explained how that social commentary drew him towards the project.
“There’s a great scene where we’re sitting in the car, and the other police officers are beating up an orc. My character asks [Edgerton’s] the question, ‘Are you a cop first or an orc first? You need to decide.’ Juxtaposed against the imagery of him watching this orc being beaten by the police, I thought it was really cool.”
You can read the full interview with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton here.
Netflix also released three new images from the film through Entertainment Weekly that can be viewed below!
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.
The film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgard Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Brad William Henke, Lucy Fry, Chris Browning, and Kenneth Choi.
Bright will be released on Netflix in December 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly