Ayer is directing from a script by Max Landis, which Netflix acquired in a heated bidding war for $3 million. The streaming giant agreed to make the movie for $90 million, not including P&A.
Landis and Ayer will produce “Bright” with Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, and the project is intended to launch a franchise.
“Bright” is described as a cop thriller with fantasy elements, including orcs and fairies.
Smith and Ayer will shoot “Bright” this fall in Los Angeles before returning to Warner Bros. for a planned sequel to “Suicide Squad.”
Rapace, the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” recently co-starred alongside Tom Hardy in two movies — “The Drop” and “Child 44.” She next stars in Tommy Wirkola‘s “What Happened to Monday?” with Willem Dafoe; Michael Apted‘s “Unlocked” with Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and John Malkovich; and Steven Shainberg’s “Rupture” with Michael Chiklis.
Rapace is represented by CAA, Magnolia Entertainment, Conway van Gelder Grant and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Netflix declined to comment. Variety broke the news.