Millie Bobby Brown is trading in one set of famous directing brothers for another. The Stranger Things 4 actress will star in The Electric State, with Joe and Anthony Russo directing. Additionally, more cast have been announced to join this star-studded film, including Michelle Yeoh and Stanley Tucci. Based on the illustrated sci-fi story by Simon Stålenhag, The Electric State follows a girl and her toy robot on a journey through a bleak(er), futuristic US.
Here’s the synopsis for The Electric State book:
In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace, as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.
Joining Brown in the cast is a whole slew of famous names. Rounding out the actors we’ll see in The Electric State are Michelle Yeoh, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate, per Deadline. According to the publication, Chris Pratt will also star in the movie. Details on the characters these actors will play are slim, but Deadline shares that “Cox and Slate will voice CGI characters in the pic.”
Alongside the Russos, we’ll also see a pair of very familiar names behind the scenes. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who worked with the brothers on several Marvel movies and The Gray Man, are behind the script.
It’s quite the Netflix crossover, seeing the Russos and Brown collaborate for the streaming platform. In addition to starring in one of the streaming platform’s biggest hits, Brown also leads the Enola Holmes films, produced by Legendary, for Netflix. And the Russo brothers’ teamed with Netflix for The Gray Man, which releases on July 15. That film, with a $200 million dollar budget, is currently Netflix’s most expensive film. But it may have some competition in The Electric State. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming film boasts a staggering budget—beyond The Gray Man‘s. Apparently Netflix scooped up The Electric State after Universal Pictures let it go over the hefty price tag.
It’s interesting to see Netflix taking on a very expensive project. Especially given the company’s very, very tumultuous year thus far. But with Brown and the Russos involved, it certainly looks like a solid bet for the streaming platform.