THe build fails because the used error prone version is incompatible with gradle 3.5-1. See this error prone github issue. The build is working though on gradle 3.4.1.
I suggest updating the error prone plugin to 0.0.10. According to their github, that error prone versions supports gradle 3.5. Currently in use is error prone 0.0.8.
Arch linux with gradle 3.5-1
Is this issue still relevant? Or can it be closed?