Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la and Kevin Bacon star in the new apocalyptic thriller ‘Leave the World Behind’, from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail.
In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Amanda (Academy Award winner 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). Their vacation is soon upended when two strangers — G.H. (Academy Award winner 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.
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.
Leave the World Behind comes to Netflix on December 8.
The cast of Leave the World Behind
- Julia Roberts as Amanda Sandford
- Mahershala Ali as G.H. Scott
- Ethan Hawke as Clay Sandford
- Myha’la as Ruth Scott
- Farrah Mackenzie as Rose Sandford
- Charlie Evans as Archie Sandford
- Kevin Bacon as Danny
Leave the World Behind Characters
Amanda Sandford is a New York City advertising executive who desperately needs a break from the real world and the people occupying her busy life. On a whim, she books a weekend family getaway in a gorgeous house on Long Island with her husband and two kids — but her vacation bliss is soon spoiled when the owners arrive in the middle of the night, seeking to hunker down in the midst of a blackout. Though she comes across as privileged and shortsighted at times, Amanda is a no-nonsense woman who’s able to put her stubbornness aside when it comes to protecting her family.
G.H. Scott is a well-connected financial advisor in New York City who trusts his instincts that the blackouts affecting the city might be part of something bigger. He leaves the city with his daughter Ruth, and they head to their vacation home. There, they’re met with a stubborn Amanda who wants them gone.
Clay Sandford is Amanda’s husband, a media studies professor who’s comfortable being the easygoing counterpart to his more strong-willed wife. But when the power goes out, Clay is completely helpless, struggling to problem-solve through a crisis.
Ruth is G.H.’s 25-year-old daughter who has no problem calling out her elders, whether it’s for her own father’s evasiveness or Amanda’s shortsightedness.
Rose Sandford is Amanda and Clay’s younger child, whose binge watch of Friends is interrupted by a mysterious blackout.
Archie Sandford is Amanda and Clay’s teenage son. He prefers to keep to himself and remain in his bubble of video games, often seen with his headphones on. When they all lose signal, Archie can’t help obsessing over how to stay connected to the world through his phone.
Danny is a local builder who worked on G.H.’s house. He’s also a survivalist who’s better equipped than the Sandfords to deal with a potential crisis.