Netflix is leaning more into coming of age and late young adult dramas and its next project down that avenue is Boy swallows the universean Australian series based on the book of the same name by Trent Dalton.
The show was brought to Netflix by Dalton and the actor and producer Joel Edgertonwho most recently appeared in Disney’s Obi Wan Kenobi and Troy Lum from Brouhaha Entertainment.
Edgerton is also set to star in the Netflix Original movie the stranger which debuts in October 2022.
The scripts were written by a renowned screenwriter John Collee (Master and Commander, Hotel Mumbai, Happy Feet). Some of the episodes will be directed by the Emmy nominee Bharat Nalluri (The 100, Shantaram, The Orchard).
The project was first unveiled for Netflix in March 2022, although the project has been in development for nearly 3 years now with Anonymous Content, Chapter One and Hopscotch winning the bid to adapt the book in May 2019.
As Minh Luu, Content Director of Netflix Australia and New Zealand, commented in a press release:
“Boy swallows the universe is truly something special, and it’s a huge privilege to partner with Trent Dalton, Joel Edgerton and Brouhaha Entertainment to bring this truly iconic Australian story to Netflix. As Australians, we know how important investing in local content is. Boy swallows the universe is a major step in our mission to unearth unique local stories that bring joy and connection in unexpected ways to our audiences here at home and around the world.
The executive producers are Trojan Lum (The Water Diviner, Save Mr Banks, Mao’s Last Dancer), Andrew Mason (The matrix, the divine waterr), Sophie Gardiner (Howard’s End, Chimerica), Kerry Robert (Enemy, erased boy) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Bright, The King)
What is the plot of Boy swallows the universe?
As mentioned above, Netflix Boy swallows the universe will be based on the 2018 book of the same name by Trent Dalton.
Here is the summary of the story for Boy swallows the universe:
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in prison, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crime for a babysitter. It’s not like Eli’s life wasn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, to learn what it takes to be a good man, but life keeps throwing obstacles in his way, which Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer Tytus Broz is not. the least. But if Eli’s life is about to get much more serious. He is about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Jail on Christmas Day, to save his mother.
A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships.
Here’s another synopsis, now for the Netflix series:
Eli Bell’s life is complicated. Her father is lost, her mother is in prison and her stepfather is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim – a notorious criminal and holder of the national record for successful prison escapes – who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. Exiled from the rest of the world in Darra, an abandoned suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and adult spirit is just trying to follow his heart, to learn what it takes to be a good man and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s way, including Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer. But the real problem is before us. Eli is about to fall in love, face real bad guys and fight to save his mother from a certain fate, all before starting high school.
who is thrown into Boy swallows the universe?
The cast for the adaptation was revealed in the summer of 2022 before filming began.
Among the cast includes:
- Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) as Lyle Orlik
- Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow when the war started) as Frances Bell
- Simon Baker (margin call) as Robert Bell
- Anthony La Paglia (Without leaving a trace)
- Felix Cameron (penguin flowerlisten)) as young Eli
- Lee Halley (Riff Raff) as Gus Bell
- Drew Matthews as Tich
- Zachary Wan as Darren Dang
- Eloise Rothfield as Shelly Huffman
How many episodes will be in Boy swallows the universe?
It has been confirmed by Netflix that Boy swallows the universe will feature eight one-hour episodes, which is pretty standard for a Netflix series.
What is the production status of Boy swallows the universe?
Netflix’s Boy Swallows Universe is currently in pre-production and is set to begin filming in August 2022.
Filming is to take place in Brisbane, Australia, according to Production Weekly.
We learned on August 21, 2022 that filming had begun and is set to wrap on December 20, 2022.
What is the Netflix release date for Boy swallows the universe?
Netflix has not announced a date for Boy swallows the universebut given its very early stage of development, we can probably only expect a late 2023 or 2024 release date.