Captive State (film)

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Captive State
Captive State.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Produced by
  • David Crockett
  • Rupert Wyatt
Written by
  • Erica Beeney
  • Rupert Wyatt
Music by Rob Simonsen
Cinematography Alex Disenhof
Edited by Andrew Groves
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date
  • March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]

Captive State is an upcoming American science fiction thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt and co-written by Wyatt and Erica Beeney. It stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, and Jonathan Majors.

It is scheduled to be released on March 29, 2019, by Focus Features.


Nearly a decade after occupation by an extraterrestrial force, the lives of a Chicago neighborhood on both sides of the conflict are explored.




On August 24, 2016, it was announced that Rupert Wyatt would direct a science fiction film titled Captive State from a screenplay written by Wyatt and his wife Erica Beeney.[2] Later that month, it was reported that Participant Media had won a heated bidding war for the rights to the film and would produce alongside Amblin Partners, with Focus Features distributing the film domestically and Entertainment One distributing in various other markets including Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.[3]


In November 2016, John Goodman signed on to star in the film.[4] The following month, Ashton Sanders joined the cast.[5] Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, and newcomer Jonathan Majors joined the cast on January 25, 2017.[6] On February 2, 2017, Kevin Dunn was cast in a supporting role.[7] Madeline Brewer was cast as the love interest of Sanders' character on February 21, 2017.[8] In March 2017, Ben Daniels confirmed his casting via his Twitter account.[9]


Principal photography began on February 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.[10] Production was primarily based at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios,[11] and a large amount of filming took place in the Lower West Side neighborhood of Pilsen.[12] In March 2017, production spent two days on location in Edgewater, Chicago.[13]

Machine Gun Kelly sustained a hairline fracture of the sternum on set toward the end of filming,[14][15] reportedly from repeat punches to the chest from an unnamed person playing a police officer.[16] The actor claimed that when he complained to a crew member about the incident, he was told to "suck it up".[16]


In March 2018, it was reported that Rob Simonsen would compose the film's score.[17]


In May 2017, it was reported that Focus Features is set to release the film in the United States on August 17, 2018.[18] The film was later pushed back to March 29, 2019.[19]


  1. ^ Ratny, Ruth L. (November 29, 2016). "$25mm studio sci-fi feature opens offices at Cinespace". Reel Chicago. 
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 24, 2016). "Rupert Wyatt to Direct, Write Sci-Fi Film 'Captive State' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 31, 2016). "Rupert Wyatt's Sci-Fi Film 'Captive State' Lands at Participant Media". Variety. 
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 30, 2016). "John Goodman to Star in Rupert Wyatt's Sci-Fi Film 'Captive State' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  5. ^ Gardner, Chris (December 16, 2016). "'Moonlight' Breakout Ashton Sanders Joins John Goodman in 'Captive State' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 25, 2017). "Vera Farmiga, Jonathan Majors, & Colson Baker Join Rupert Wyatt's 'Captive State'". Deadline Hollywood. 
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 2, 2017). "Kevin Dunn Boards 'Captive State'; Jake Allyn Is 'Overexposed'". Deadline Hollywood. 
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 21, 2017). "Madeline Brewer Joins Rupert Wyatt's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Captive State'". Deadline Hollywood. 
  9. ^ Ben Daniels [@bendanielsss] (March 19, 2017). "Ben Daniels confirms an appearance in Captive State" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ Swartz, Tracy (February 15, 2017). "Machine Gun Kelly compliments Chicago digs as 'Captive State' filming begins". Chicago Tribune. 
  11. ^ Metz, Nina (November 30, 2016). "Sci-fi movie 'Captive State' to shoot in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. 
  12. ^ Zwecker, Bill (February 24, 2017). "'When We Rise' star shoots secret Chicago film 'Captive State'". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  13. ^ Zagotta, Daniel (March 6, 2017). "New Sci-Fi Movie Filming In Edgewater, Expect Street Closures Through Tuesday". Edgeville Buzz. 
  14. ^ Gettell, Oliver (April 27, 2017). "Machine Gun Kelly postpones concerts after injury on movie set". Entertainment Weekly. 
  15. ^ Kaufman, Gil (April 28, 2017). "Machine Gun Kelly Postpones Three Shows Due to Movie Set Chest Injury; Releases 'Let You Go' From 'Bloom' Album". Billboard. 
  16. ^ a b Swartz, Tracy (June 20, 2017). "Machine Gun Kelly details drama on the Chicago set of 'Captive State'". Chicago Tribune. 
  17. ^ "Rob Simonsen Scoring Rupert Wyatt's 'Captive State'". Film Music Reporter. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  18. ^ Miska, Brad (May 15, 2017). "John Goodman Prepares for Extraterrestrial War in 'Captive State'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Captive State". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 20, 2018. 

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