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Leave the World Behind

November 22, 2023
2hr 22min
Status: released

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Leave the World Behind Movie Details:

Based onLeave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Country United States
Language English
GenrePsychological thriller
Release dateOctober 25, 2023 (AFI)
November 22, 2023
Running time2hr 22min
Age rating16+
CastJulia Roberts
Mahershala Ali
Ethan Hawke
Kevin Bacon
Directed by Sam Esmail
Screenplay bySam Esmail
Produced byJulia Roberts
Marisa Yeres Gill
Lisa Gillan
Sam Esmail
Chad Hamilton
Cinematography by Tod Campbell
Edited by Lisa Lassek
Music byMac Quayle
Production CompanyEsmail Corp
Red Om Films
Higher Ground Productions
Distributor Netflix

Leave the World Behind Movie Cast & Characters:

  • 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
  • Vanessa Aspillaga as Salvadora


A family vacation on Long Island is interrupted by two strangers bearing news of a mysterious blackout. As the threat grows more imminent, both families must decide how best to survive the potential crisis, all while grappling with their own place in this collapsing world.— Netflix

About Leave the World Behind Movie:

Leave the World Behind is an American apocalyptic psychological thriller film written and directed by Sam Esmail. It is based on the 2020 novel by Rumaan Alam. The film stars Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la, and Kevin Bacon.

Netflix won a bidding war for the rights to the novel by Rumaan Alam in July 2020, with Sam Esmail attached to write and direct. Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington were set to star in and produce the film.

Former U.S. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama executive-produced the film through their Higher Ground Productions banner. Obama included the novel on his 2021 summer reading list.

Filming began in April 2022 on Long Island, in a home designed by The Up Studio. Additional filming took place in Katonah, New York, in May 2022.

Leave the World Behind had its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI Fest on October 25, 2023, with the cast not attending due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. It was released in limited theaters on November 22, before streaming on Netflix on December 8, 2023.