Following the crowning achievement of Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, directors Joe and Anthony Russo are reteaming with their screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. As first reported by Deadline, the creative quartet will next focus on a sci-fi thriller with Millie Bobby Brown in the starring role.
The film, titled The Electric State, was recently acquired by Universal Pictures following a heated bidding war. The Russo Brothers will direct the feature as well as produce via their AGBO banner. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely will pen the screenplay as an adaptation of the graphic novel with the same name. Moreover, Mike Larocca (21 Bridges) is on-board as executive producer as well.
Written by Simon Stålenhag, The Electric State follows a runaway teenager (Brown) and her yellow robot. As they travel west through the stranger version of the USA, they encounter the ruins of gigantic battle drones. As they attempt to find the teenager’s missing brother, they ultimately uncover a sprawling, grand conspiracy.
In a joint statement, the Russos express their excitement to get to work now that Universal is backing the project.
“We’re thrilled to have this deal with Universal who has committed to a theatrical release of Electric State,” said the Russos. “This is incredible news for us as filmmakers, and for audiences around the world who want an opportunity to experience films in theaters again. This is also a positive sign that, as vaccines are available, the theatrical market is returning.”
In 2018, Millie Bobby Brown was featured in the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people thanks to her role in Stranger Things. Following multiple award nominations for the series, the actress has one of the brightest futures in Hollywood today. In addition to this new starring role, Brown will reprise her roles in the highly anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things and the monster movie Godzilla vs. Kong. Additionally, the Enola Holmes star will star in Netflix’s upcoming fantasy film titled Damsel.
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