Netflix is holding auditions for Orcs for Bright 2.
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, the biggest streaming service in the world has announced that Will Smith and Joel Edgerton's urban fantasy movie is getting a sequel. The decision was made despite the less-than-stellar reviews it received from critics.
David Ayer will be back to direct the sequel with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless also returning as producers. The Suicide Squad director is expected to take over screenwriting duties from Max Landis (who was recently accused of sexual harassment) for the sequel. A release date has not been announced as of this writing.
Netflix ordered a sequel back in December before the movie even came out on the streaming platform, but the official announcement did not come until this week in the form of a mock Orc audition.
In the video embedded below, real Orcs make their bids to become a part of the upcoming sequel. The candidates talk about the movie and what they can contribute to the story.
The sequel announcement does not come as a surprise. Despite the bad reviews Bright has received, viewers seem to love the urban fantasy. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 88 percent audience score and, as per Nielsen's own estimates, the movie was streamed by about 11 million people within three days of its release online.
Details about Bright 2 plot remain under wraps, but it will likely deal with the fallout of the first movie's explosive finale. Smith's character, Daryl Ward, discovered that he is one of the few human beings who can wield a powerful wand and not explode to pieces. Moreover, the ending seems to hint that there is more to be done to prevent the rise and resurrection of the Dark Lord.
Newman stated that Bright was just the beginning.
"Were there to be another film, there's certainly enough material unexplored within the world that David and Max have created where we can continue to explore it," he told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview in December.
Meanwhile, Ayer was not opposed to sitting on the directorial chair for the sequel.
"It's a big universe, and it really could go in any direction," he said. "I wouldn't hate making another one," he added.
Bright is still streaming in over 190 countries exclusively on Netflix.