Will Smith Talks BRIGHT’s Modern Message About Police Racism

David Ayer and Will Smith decided to make a stop at this year’s Comic Con to premiere the official trailer from their film Bright. Today at Hall H, Netflix brought out Suicide Squad director David Ayer on stage along with cast Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez and more to talk about the high concept fantasy–set in our reality–film.

Ayer went on to discuss that he has plans for a sequel and his inspiration for this kind of movie. He went on to give praised to Netflix for allowing him to make such a fantastical film that looks like something not really seen before.

The film has been seen as a buddy-cop type deal and the trailer shows a much darker tone than past films like Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours, The Last Boy Scout and others of similar nature.

Check out the trailer below:

There are elements of humor in the film but doesn’t come off as too zany or slapstick like. What makes this film so unique is the setting in Los Angeles and the creatures that live there like Orcs, Fairies, and Elves living among humans.

It also gives off a political tone with the discussion of race and the abuse of magic (power) that really gives it that realistic push that Ayer tends to do.

Also at The SDCC panel, Variety caught a bit of dialogue from Smith talking about the fact that his character, Scott Ward, is racist towards Orcs and the correlation that character has to today’s law enforcement.

The actor went on to say:

“David [Ayer] doesn’t feel the necessity to be delicate with those issues. [However], this is a film that is about enjoyment and entertainment and those undercurrents and undertones are specifically for people to be able to think about, not for people to make any judgement. We’re displaying the look and the feel… We did ride-alongs with LAPD and with the Sheriffs, and as an African-American, it was really a different perspective for me to be in the back of the cars, riding around with police officers in LA in predominately black and Hispanic neighborhoods and seeing the complexities from the other side of it.”

Bright is set to premier on Netflix in December this year.

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