Leave The World Behind | Full trailer released for Netflix thriller

Leave The World Behind
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Mahershala Ali, Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke and Kevin Bacon all pop up in new cyberthriller Leave The World Behind. Here’s the new, full trailer.

Update: The full trailer for Leave The World Behind has now launched, and can be found below these words. By the way, did you know that Barack and Michelle Obama are executive producers on this upcoming Netflix extravaganza? We only just found out so we thought we’d mention it.

Our original story follows…

Original story 3 October 2023: While Rian Johnson currently seems to be cornering the market in star-studded mystery thrillers via his Knives Out franchise (not to mention TV’s Poker Face), director Sam Esmail has a good go at matching him with Leave The World Behind, a thriller which lands on Netflix on the 8th December. Clearly, the Netflix wallet has spent big on the film, and it’s going to be one of the tentpole releases for the streamer just before Christmas.

Now, the wraps are coming off the film as well.

The synopsis – for a start – reads as follows…

In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail, Amanda (Julia Roberts) and her husband Clay (Ethan Hawke), rent a luxurious home for the weekend with their kids, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie). Their vacation is soon upended when two strangers — G.H. (Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali) and his daughter Ruth (Myha’la) — arrive in the night, bearing news of a mysterious cyberattack and seeking refuge in the house they claim is theirs. The two families reckon with a looming disaster that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world.

Farrah Mackenzie and Kevin Bacon complete the cast, with Sam Esmail – who previously brought us the similarly high-tech series Mr Robot – writing and directing. Esmail’s script is based on the 2020 novel of the same name by author Rumman Alam. The New Yorker, in a highly positive review, described the book as “a coy little thing: a disaster novel without the disaster”; it might be the magic of editing, but the trailer suggests that the disaster might be a little less coy in Esmail’s adaptation.


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