Netflix has quickly established itself as more than a movie rental and online streaming service. Now serving over 81 million subscribers across 190 different countries, the global provider has evolved into an original television studio and distribution company in its own right. During 2012-13, Netflix started to distribute original programming, exclusive to their service, through the release of Lilyhammer, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black.
Since then, Netflix has become a powerhouse of entertainment, with hundreds of hours worth of original productions making their way online year after year. And now, the on-demand streaming service is endeavoring to position itself as a major player in original films too, after recently closing the deal for David Ayer’s fantasy-thriller cop film Bright. While details around the project remain fairly sparse, the elusive feature may have just secured another lead star.
According to Variety, Noomi Rapace is currently in negotiations to co-star alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in the Max Landis-penned picture. The film is reportedly similar to End of Watch, but set within a fantasy world whereby orcs, fairies and a whole host of other magical creatures live among humans.
Rapace rose to fame in 2009, after playing the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-produced film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As well as reprising her part in the subsequent sequels, she earned a series of leading roles in American cinema, namely Ridley Scott’s blockbuster hit Prometheus. The actress was last seen in the political thriller Child 44, but has since completed production on a handful of other films, set for release this year, including two sci-fi thrillers in the form of Rupture and What Happened to Monday?
Eyebrows raised back in February when Ayer and Smith (Suicide Squad) first entered discussions of a possible collaboration on the project, with the overall specification fast becoming one of Hollywood’s hotter packages. As a result, most believed that a major studio would land Bright, but Netflix swooped in to offer a massive $90 million for the budget, in addition to a further $3 million for the script, which Ayer has worked on since coming onboard.
Netflix are undoubtedly hoping that Bright will replicate the success of last year’s critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba. Even though spending such a large sum on a single project presents itself as somewhat of a risk, it’s a promising sign that the streaming service’s first major tentpole film is already attracting such star power. With production expected to start sometime this fall, we will certainly be keeping a keen eye on all of the latest Bright developments.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all of the news related to Bright as it is made available.