New footage from Will Smith's Bright takes us into the magical cop drama

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:11 AM EDT (Updated)

Bright is an upcoming Netflix film, a police procedural with a twist—an otherworldly one, where humans share Los Angeles with fairies, elves, and other magical creatures. In the new featurette below, we get to meet the protagonists and learn about their human connection.

Director David Ayer said, “This film in a lot of ways is really the story of a friendship,” that is, the friendship between Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and Nick Jacoby (Joel Edgerton). They’re both police officers … only Ward is a human and Jacoby is an orc.

But Ward doesn’t want a friendship—not that we can see. He just wants to know that Jacoby will have his back on the streets. Meanwhile, Jacoby wants to be as human as possible. Ayer said this leads to “supercharged humor.”

Bright is a film about two policeman who come across a magical, wish-granting wand that is coveted by everyone who sees it, including other officers. Ward and Jacoby have to work together in order to keep it from the wrong hands (or claws).

If you think the police-procedural-mixed-with-magic premise is familiar, it’s perhaps because you’ve seen shows like Grimm or films like Cast a Deadly Spell.

But unlike the HBO movie Cast a Deadly Spell, Netflix has granted Bright a budget of $90 million. That really is cinematic magic.

Bright drops December 22 on Netflix.