Geekery: Netflix Original ‘Bright’

Shadowrun gets a movie – kind of.

Suicide Squad director David Ayers and writer Max Landis have teamed up for a cop story set in a universe that may feel familiar to RPG fans. Take a look…

Scott Ward (Will Smith) is partnered up with orc Nicolas Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for. It’s set in in a universe that reminds me of Shadowrun with it’s mix of dystopian and fantasy elements. Edgerton recently spoke to EW about playing the first orc to join the LAPD:

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.

It’s a nice departure from the Marvel series they’ve been focusing on, and if it’s handled right it could be interesting. David Ayers has done some good, tense cop dramas in the past (look past the bad editing in Suicide Squad).

Cast also includes Noomi RapaceKenneth Choi, and Dawn Olivieri

A few promotional stills show off some good make-up work…

Bright will be released on Netflix in December.

  • Hawt Dawg

    Here comes the men in blue…

    • euansmith

      Whoop – whoop, that’s the sound of da Police.

  • Dennis Finan Jr

    pass, i love shadowrun but-will smith blows

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Can’t wait. Looks awesome.

    Like Alien Nation but with Orcs.

    • euansmith

      “This is my son, Richard. He’s four years old. We named him after your former president, Richard Nixon.”

      • palaeomerus

        ” He called me ‘snaga’, which is basically orc for “punk’ and I uh I accidentally dropped my flashlight…across his mouth a couple of times. Seven or eight I think. He’ll be okay though. He’s from Morranon. “

        • palaeomerus

          “You think he won’t talk to us? He’s not one of those stuck up high elves; he’s a forest-kin or whatever. ”
          “I’m saying he CAN’T talk to us because right now, he’s a wood elf AND a high elf. Give him twenty four and he’ll be cooperative. Right now he can’t even tell we’re here.”

  • zeno666

    Looks neat

  • euansmith

    Blimey, Big Willy, in a Netflix original!

    • Sparti67

      He hasn’t been tearing it up at the box office lately. I would love an iRobot sequel.

    • palaeomerus

      Well there weren’t any lead Doc Savage: Man of Bronze or Flash Gordon rolls available.

    • ColonelFazackerley

      Will’s character will probably die in the first season. That’s what usually happens to big names in mini series.

      • Inian

        It’s a movie.

  • Nazdreg

    You lost me at ‘suicide squad director’

    • Don’t judge Ayer by a movie that essentially wasn’t his work. The failing of that movie lands on Warner Brother’s editing and reshoot choices – they totally changed his original cut by handing it off to Trailer Park, who before this only cut movie trailers.

      If you want to judge him watch Training Day and End of Watch.

      • Sparti67

        I wish DC would do what Marvel did and just break away and form their own movie studios.

      • Kevin Maloney

        Or Fury. I frickin loved Fury.

  • Xodis

    Wow this is late, mentioned this movie last week during the Shadowrun RPG article.

  • Drpx

    Looks like Zootopia but with Tolkien elements and Alan Moore writing.

    • georgelabour

      So slightly less sexy but somehow more brutal in clubbing you over the head with the plot while somehow making Legolas the hero of everything?

  • Kevin Maloney

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought of Shadowrun when he saw this.

  • uatu13

    Looks interesting, but Will Smith completely sucks.