Watch This! ‘Bright’ coming to ‘Netflix’

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton star in the Netflix Original Film directed by David Ayer

Here’s a long-range teaser for Netflix. Bright isn’t coming out until December 2017 but Netflix is letting everyone know that it has won the bidding war. It is investing $90 million in the film starring Will Smith as a human cop in a world shared with  orcs, elves and fairies, and other mythical creatures.

The R-rated fantasy-meets-cop-drama is directed by David Ayer from an original script by Max Landis and co-stars Joel Edgerton (as an Orc), Noomi Repace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz and Kenneth Choi

No word on whether Netflix plans on a theatrical release as well, either in advance or same day as streaming, but it will be interesting to see how Netflix goes forward with its increased investments in ambitious original features, especially with its deal for the Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Irishman with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. There’s a film you’ll want to see on the big screen.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.