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Leave The World Behind teaser: Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke prepare for doomsday in new post-apocalyptic thriller

Helmed by Sam Esmail, the film also stars Mahershala Ali, Myha’la Herrold and Kevin Bacon

Urmi Chakraborty Calcutta Published 03.10.23, 01:22 PM
A still from the Leave The World Behind teaser.

A still from the Leave The World Behind teaser. Netflix

Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke’s holidaying couple find themselves in the midst of terrifying cyberattacks building up to an apocalypse in the teaser of the upcoming movie Leave The World Behind.

The post-apocalyptic thriller is produced by Michelle and Barack Obama’s production house Higher Ground Productions.


Dropped by Netflix on Monday, the one-minute-42-second-long teaser shows how the world turns upside down for holidaying couple Amanda (Roberts) and Clay (Hawke) when two strangers, played by Mahershala Ali and Myha’la, knock at their vacation home at night and seek refuge from the rising threat of cyberattacks in the city. They stick together and try to save themselves from the growing terror of the attacks.

The growing stress level of the characters is a constant theme through the next scenes with Clay swerving his car away from a red vapour-like creature rising towards the sky and Amanda letting out a muffled scream. “There’s no going back to normal,” says Mahershala Ali’s character at the end of the teaser, alerting everyone that things will only go downhill from there.

The teaser also introduces Kevin Bacon’s character who says that everyone on earth has been deserted and that there is no way out.

Based on a suspense novel by Rumaan Alam, Leave The World Behind is directed by Sam Esmail, best known for creating the award-winning psychological techno-thriller series Mr Robot (2015-2019). It will release in select US theatres in November and arrive on Netflix US on December 8.

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