Netflix Drops “Leave the World Behind” Trailer Ahead of Its AFI Fest Premiere

Julia Roberts in
Julia Roberts in "Leave the World Behind"

Leave the World Behind will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest this month, and its first trailer is finally here. Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke star in the tense promotional clip for Sam Esmail’s upcoming psychological thriller.

Leave the World Behind centers on a couple (Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke) trying to enjoy a family vacation in  Long Island when two strangers (Mahershala Ali and Myha’la) mysteriously show up at their house in the midst of a mysterious blackout.

They’re trying to escape a cyberattack that grows more terrifying by the minute, forcing everyone to come to terms with their places in a collapsing world. The film’s supporting cast also includes Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans, and Kevin Bacon.

This psychological thriller was written and directed by Sam Esmail, and it’s based on Rumaan Alam’s book of the same name. Esmail serves as one of the film’s producers alongside Roberts, who previously starred in his Amazon show Homecoming.

Leave the World Behind will open this year’s AFI Fest on October 25, and we won’t have to wait too long to see it in theatres. It’s getting a limited theatrical release on November 22, and it will become available on Netflix from December 8.