Boy Swallows Universe, Netflix, casts Travis Fimmel, Bryan Brown, Deborah Mailman

Travis Fimmel, Phoebe Tonkin and Simon Baker lead an ensemble cast for the eight-part limited series on Netflix.

Netflix has released cast details and first images of its adaptation of the Australian novel Boy Swallows Universe.

Travis Fimmel, Phoebe Tonkin and Simon Baker will lead an ensemble cast for the limited eight-part series, currently shooting in Brisbane.

The novel, by Trent Dalton, is set in working-class Brisbane in the early 1980s and follows 12-year-old Eli Bell and his brother Gus in a tale about drug addiction, poverty, ex-cons and love. The coming-of-age story became Australia’s fastest selling debut novel ever when it was released in 2018 and has since been adapted successfully for the stage.

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites