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The Electric State: Netflix Nabs Rights to Millie Bobby Brown-Led Film From The Russo Brothers

Netflix has successfully acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s graphic novel titled The Electric State, which will be directed by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Leading the sci-fi drama film is Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who has been attached to the project since 2020. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.

This marks the Russo Brothers’ latest collaboration with the streamer ahead of the long-awaited debut of their upcoming global spy thriller The Gray Man, starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. Meanwhile, The Electric State will be Brown’s fourth feature with Netflix after Enola Holmes and the upcoming Enola Holmes 2 and Damsel films.

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First published in 2018, The Electric State novel is set in an alternative future where a teenage girl discovers a strange robot that was sent to her by her missing brother. The outlet notes that Chris Pratt is currently in negotiations to star alongside Brown.

“Set in a retro-futuristic past, it follows an orphaned teen (Brown) as she traverses the American West with a robot and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother,” reads the logline.

The film adaptation will be directed by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo from a screenplay written by Endgame scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The project was previously set up at Universal Pictures.

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The Russo Brothers will also be serving as producers along with Mike Larocca through their AGBO banner. Executive producers are Angela Russo-Otstot, Jake Aust, Geoff Haley, Markus, and McFeely, with Chris Castaldi and Patrick Newall serving as producers.

The Electric State film has been in development since 2017 and was originally set to be developed by IT duo Andy and Barbara Muschietti with Andy Muschietti serving as the director. However, Andy Muschietti decided to give up his directorial duties on the project in order to shift his focus on Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Flash movie.


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