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Leave the World Behind Teaser Trailer Debuts

Netflix has revealed the teaser trailer for Leave the World Behind, opening in select theaters on November 22. The film will then begin streaming on Netflix December 8.

In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Amanda (Academy Award winner Julia Roberts) and her husband Clay (Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke), rent a luxurious home for the weekend with their kids, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie).

Leave the World Behind Teaser Trailer Debuts

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. Kevin Bacon also stars.

Based on the National Book Award-nominated novel by Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind is produced by Esmail Corp, Red Om Films, and executive produced by Higher Ground Productions.

The producers include Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Julia Roberts, Marisa Yeres Gill, and Lisa Gillan.

Leave the World Behind

The executive producers are Barack and Michelle Obama, Tonia Davis, Daniel M. Stillman, Nick Krishnamurthy, and Rumaan Alam. The editor is Lisa Lassek, the production designer is Anastasia White and director of photography is Tod Campbell.

Leave the World Behind features music by Mac Quayle and costume design by Catherine Marie Thomas.

The novel (buy now at Amazon), meanwhile, is officially described as follows: “From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class.

Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

Leave the World Behind

“Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week.

“But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple – it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city.

“But in this rural area — with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service — it’s hard to know what to believe.

“Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple – and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?”