Netflix movie ‘The Electric State’: Everything we know so far

One of our most anticipated upcoming movies Netflix has in the works is The electric state which is developed and directed by The Russo Brothers. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the upcoming film starring Millie Bobby Brown.

The Electric State has been in the making for years before it hit Netflix, so before we dig into what we know about the movie, here’s a quick rundown of the movie’s timeline so far:

  • The book was published in December 2017
  • The Russo Brothers won the options for the sci-fi novel in December 2017 with Andy Muschietti (It) eye for the director’s place and Barbara Muschietti will produce.
  • The project was sold to Universal in December 2020 with Millie Bobby Brown starring, the Russo Brothers directing, and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely writing. Was going to a theatrical release.
  • We exclusively reported on Netflix taking over the project in June 2022.
  • Netflix will officially acquire the project in 2022 with an announcement in late June 2022.
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AGBO with Anthony and Joe Russo

The Russo Brothers leads the project and is also behind AGBO, the production company behind The Electric State.

Joe and Anthony Russo are best known for their work on Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. They have also directed several projects over the years, including the recently released Netflix action film, The gray man.

The couple is working on at least 7 more projects for Netflix, incl Extraction 2, After midnight, The bluffand The Gray Man 2.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely writes the project and serves as executive producers. Sarah Finn acts as casting director.

The film is set to have a whopping $200 million budget matching the budget allocated to the Russo Brothers’ previous big hit for Netflix, The gray man.


What is The Electric State about?

The film is an adaptation of the Simon Stålenhag book of the same name (although it was previously known as Passagen). Stålenhag is behind other well-known books, e.g Tales from the loop and Things from the flood.

Here’s a breakdown of the storyline (courtesy of GoodReads) that is largely expected to be followed by the upcoming film:

In 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange United States. The ruins of giant combat drones litter the countryside, piled together with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumer society in decline. As their car nears the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to unravel faster and faster – as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.”


Who is in the cast of Netflix’s The Electric State?

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Millie Bobby Brown – Image: Getty Images

Millie Bobby Brown was linked to the project way back in December 2020 and reportedly says that will continue to be the case for Netflix.

Brown is of course best known for his role on Netflix’s Stranger Things, but has also worked on the Godzilla franchise and the returning Enola Holmes. That’s in addition to some of the other upcoming projects the actress has on Netflix.

On August 11, Netflix unveiled the full cast of actors and actresses who will join and a couple who will lend their voice to the film.

  • Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Michelle Yeoh (Everything everywhere Everything at once, Crazy Rich Asians, The Witcher: Blood Origin)
  • Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The death games)
  • Jason Alexander (The wonderful Mrs. Maisel, Seinfeld)

On the voice talent page:

  • Brian Cox (Succession)
  • Jenny Slate (Marcel the Shell with shoes on, parks and recreation)
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Cast Grid for The Electric State (L-R: Chris Pratt, Michelle Yeoh, Stanley Tucci, Brian Cox, Jenny Slate, Jason Alexander) – Images: Getty Images

We also know that they will play the roles of Christopher and Young Michelle in early June 2022.

Christopher is described as a supportive young 6-year-old boy who has an active imagination and is brilliant beyond his years.

Young Michelle is an 8-year-old fearless, smart and caring girl and has a strong bond with her young brother.


When does production start on The Electric State for Netflix?

When we first reported on the title, we outlined that production would begin in October 2022 and wrap up in February 2023.

It appears to have been given an extended filming schedule, with reports now suggesting that filming will take place between mid-October 2022 and wrap up in April 2023.

Netflix itself has only confirmed that “Production on The electric state starting this fall.”

This production plan outlined above means that The Gray Man 2 likely won’t start production until the middle of next year and means that Stranger Things season 5 probably won’t start anytime soon.

The film operates under the working title “STORMWIND”.

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Photo: Simon Stålenhag


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