Production Wraps on Netflix’s ‘Boy Swallows Universe’

Boy Swallows Universe production
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“Boy Swallows Universe” is one step closer to hitting screens, with production wrapping this week.

The eight-part limited series from Brouhaha Entertainment, Anonymous Content and Chapter One is based on Trent Dalton’s book of the same name.

Filming took place in Meanjin/ Brisbane, supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.

“Boy Swallows Universe” will screen globally on Netflix later this year.

Netflix has also previously revealed cast details.

It stars Travis Fimmel (“Vikings” and “Black Snow”) as Lyle Orlik, Simon Baker (“The Mentalist” and “High Ground”) as Robert Bell, Phoebe Tonkin (“Babylon” and “Transfusion”) as Frances Bell, Bryan Brown (“Bloom” and “Cocktail”) as Slim Halliday, Anthony La Paglia (“Nitram” and “Without a Trace”) as Tytus Broz and Sophie Wilde (“The Fuck It Bucket” and “You Don’t Know Me”) as Caitlyn Spies.

The young character of Eli Bell will be played by Felix Cameron (“Penguin Bloom”), while his brother Gus Bell is portrayed by Lee Tiger Halley (“The Heights”).

The series was adapted for screen by John Collee (“Master and Commander” and “Happy Feet”).

Brouhaha Entertainment’s executive producers on the project include Troy Lum (“The Water Diviner” and “Mao’s Last Dancer”) and Andrew Mason (“The Matrix” and “The Water Diviner”), while Sophie Gardiner (“Little Women” and “Chimerica”) is EP for Chapter One. Anonymous Content has Kerry Kohansky-Roberts (“For” and “Boy Erased”), Joel Edgerton (“The Gift” and “The King”), Toby Bentley (“Best Interests” and “Kiri”) and Bharat Nalluri (“Shantaram”).

Nalluri also directs parts of the series, as does Jocelyn Moorhouse (“How to Make an American Quilt” and “Proof”) and Kim Mordaunt (“The Rocket” and “Wakefield”).

Author and executive producer of the series, Dalton, said filming the project in Queensland made sense.

“It just makes sense,” he said. “This adaptation to the screen couldn’t happen anywhere else, and I am proud to be part of this exciting adventure on my home turf.

“’Boy Swallows Universe’ is my very deep and personal love letter to my city of Brisbane. I’m so incredibly honoured to know the Queensland Government and Screen Queensland is helping us mail that letter around the world.”