Leave the World Behind


Coming soon


December 8, 2023

9 weeks left


As a mysterious, wide-sweeping blackout approaches, two couples must figure out how to survive

Amanda and Clay head to Long Island for a luxury vacation with their two kids, expecting a time to relax and recharge together. But when another couple shows up with news of a massive blackout fast approaching, the two families must figure out a way to deal with the potential new reality together. 

What to know

Acclaimed Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail writes and directs Leave the World Behind for Netflix

Leave the World Behind is an upcoming American psychological thriller produced by Higher Ground Productions for a Netflix distribution. The production company Higher Ground was founded by Barack and Michelle Obama. The film is written and directed by Sam Esmail, the creator and director of the critically acclaimed series Mr. Robot, and is based on Rumaan Alam’s book of the same title. 

Multi-award-winning actor Julia Roberts stars as Amanda. Two-time Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali plays opposite her as George G.H. Washington. They are joined by Hollywood staple Ethan Hawke as Clay, and Myha’la Herrold as Ruth Washington. The cast also includes Farrah Mckenzie, Charlie Evans, and Kevin Bacon.

Production News

  • 2020-07-20
    • Netflix wins a bidding war for the film. At the time it was confirmed to be starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, with Sam Esmail attached as writer and director. (Source: Deadline
  • 2021-09-14
    • Mahershala Ali joins the cast, replacing Denzel Washington. (Source: Deadline


Mystery & Thriller, Drama

Production country

United States


Sam Esmail


Ethan Hawke
Julia Roberts
Kevin Bacon
Mahershala Ali
Myha'la Herrold
Ryan Kiera Armstrong
Charlie Evans
Farrah Mackenzie
Vanessa Aspillaga
Josh Drennen
Stephanie Groves
Beach goer
Pavel Frolov
Plane Crash Victim #1
Kevin Kenny
Plane Crash Victim #3
Alex Barber
Kid Beachgoer
Heather Lee
Female Lifeguard
Saif Mohsen
Alexis Rae Forlenza
Danny's Daughter
Erica Cho
Madison Jessica Bennett
Kid Beachgoer