Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, and David Tennant star in the new show from the producers of RWBY. Fifty years in the future, an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.
The concept for Gen:Lock originated in 2016 as a cautionary tale about cultural warfare. It was announced with a brief teaser at RTX Austin 2017. A trailer was shown at New York ComicCon 2017, where it was described as, “grounded science-fiction” in the tradition of mecha anime such as Gundam and Tom Clancy novels but with a look and feel reminiscent of RWBY.
In May 2018, it was announced that Michael B. Jordan would voice lead character Julian Chase, the news of which accelerated the signings of other voice talents. Gen:Lock is RoosterTeeth Animation’s first series that allowed members that are part of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) like Jordan, Dakota Fanning, and David Tennant joining in. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society Productions, will co-produce the show.[ In July 2018, Austin-based writer Evan Narcisse joined the writing staff of Gen:Lock.
For the first four months, the team animated the show without the actors’ voices recorded. Haddock performed every voice for the first few episodes himself, hoping his direction would match later.[
Gen:Lock premiered on January 26, 2019.[