Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry and Will Smith in a scene from the movie Bright.
Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry and Will Smith in a scene from the movie Bright. Matt Kennedy

Our Lucy goes to elf boot camp for new Netflix movie

FANTASY meets the grit and grime of Los Angeles in Netflix's imaginative feature film Bright.  

The fantasy crime drama is set in an alternate present day where humans and mythical creatures including orcs, fairies, elves, centaurs and dwarves have co-existed since the beginning of time.  

Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad), Bright follows two cops from very different backgrounds: human Ward (Will Smith) and orc Jakoby (Joel Edgerton).  

During a routine patrol night they come across an elf (Lucy Fry) and a magic wand. They must protect the thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which could destroy everything if it falls into the wrong hands.  

Joel Edgerton and Lucy Fry in a scene from the movie Bright.
Joel Edgerton and Lucy Fry in a scene from the movie Bright. Matt Kennedy

"I read the script in April last year and I was just struck by how original it was," Fry says.  

"It was this buddy cop action movie but when Ward and Jakobi come across Tikka with the magic wand, the most dangerous weapon in the whole world, and the fantasy and action takes off and escalates into this really powerful place."  

In pursuit of the wand is the deadly elf Leila, played by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace, who heads up a dangerous sect known as The Inferni.   

"During the pre-production leading up to the film, David got us all to do American Kenpo karate training. I was there with Noomi and she is a full-on bad ass," Fry says.   

Noomi Rapace in a scene from the movie Bright.
Noomi Rapace in a scene from the movie Bright. Matt Kennedy

"I needed to find this real warrior inside me and I trained so hard. I was like 'I have to match Noomi'. She's been playing these kinds of roles for 10 years, so it was a huge challenge and I loved it."  

Fry's character Tikka appears to be weak and scared when she first meets Ward and Jakobi, but she is hiding a big secret.  

"She's pretending she is something she's not, and only halfway through it is revealed who she really is and how powerful she really is," she says.

"She is testing them out and figuring out if she can trust them before she reveals her truth."  

Brisbane-raised Fry says starring opposite Will Smith was like an acting master class.  

Joel Edgerton and Will Smith in a scene from the movie Bright.
Joel Edgerton and Will Smith in a scene from the movie Bright. Matt Kennedy

"I was so excited every day to be on set. Did I dream I was in an alley with an orc and Will Smith and explosions? No that actually happened," she says.   

"Will was so kind, lovely and uplifting. He sang us Christmas carols when we were tired on a night shoot. Then he could go from that into a heartbreaking scene in a second."  

Fry and Edgerton had to sit through several hours of makeup and prosthetics each day of filming.  

"Mine took two and a half hours. They had to sculpt the (elf) ears on to my ears," she says.

"Nothing was special effects; it was all physical effects. The toughest part was having those contact lenses in because it makes everything a bit blurry.   

Lucy Fry in a scene from the movie Bright.
Lucy Fry in a scene from the movie Bright. Matt Kennedy

"When Joel came on to set as himself, without the makeup on, most of the crew didn't even recognise him."  

The feature film has given Fry the confidence to chase even bigger roles in Hollywood after making her US debut in the Vampire Academy movie three years ago.   

"With the amount of growth I've had to go through to play this character and step up to being one of the leads on a $110m movie, I feel so much more prepared for anything that comes up in the industry," she says.  

"I'm ready to take on really solid characters. Watching Will, Joel and Noomi work, I'm grateful I've had this experience."  

Bright debuts on Netflix on Friday.



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