Roberts & Hawke Tease Apocalyptic Thriller 'Leave the World Behind'

Apocalyptic suspense unfolds in Esmail's latest cinematic endeavor.

by Nouman Rasool
Roberts & Hawke Tease Apocalyptic Thriller 'Leave the World Behind'
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In an eerie blend of suspense, mystery, and apocalyptic dread, the new teaser trailer for the film 'Leave the World Behind', directed by Sam Esmail of "Mr. Robot" fame, promises audiences a gripping cinematic experience. Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke, two of Hollywood's most illustrious talents, join forces to navigate through this chilling tale of unexpected events during what was meant to be a tranquil family getaway.

The film's backdrop is a lavish vacation home rented by Amanda, portrayed by Roberts, and her spouse Clay, played by Hawke. The narrative takes a dark twist when the couple, along with their children, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie), are visited under the cloak of night by two impeccably dressed strangers.

Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali, embodying the character G.H., and newcomer Myha'la, playing his daughter Ruth, disrupt the family's serene escape. Claiming ownership of the house and revealing disturbing details about a cryptic cyberattack, the duo’s unanticipated arrival sends shockwaves through the household.

With Ali's character uttering haunting words like "there is no going back to normal" and hinting at an ability to predict the world's unsettling trajectory, tension escalates.

Drama Peaks in Crumbling World

Amplifying the drama, Kevin Bacon graces the screen in what seems to be the role of a doomsday prepper, convinced that they are forsaken in this crumbling reality.

As per the film's synopsis, the two families grapple with a looming catastrophe that intensifies with every ticking second, compelling everyone to confront the grim reality of a world on the brink. 'Rumaan Alam's critically-acclaimed, National Book Award-nominated novel serves as the basis for this film.

Behind the scenes, powerhouse production houses like Esmail Corp, Red Om Films, and Higher Ground Productions unite to bring this compelling story to life. Cinema enthusiasts, mark your calendars! 'Leave the World Behind' is slated for a limited theatrical release on November 22, with a grand global premiere on Netflix on December 8. Dive deeper by checking out the trailer and exclusive stills from the movie.