Mahershala Ali to Star Opposite Julia Roberts in Leave The World Behind Thriller For Netflix

mahershala-ali leave the world behind

Mahershala Ali is joining Julia Roberts in the thriller adaptation of Leave The World Behind for Netflix.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail on board to direct and adapt Rumaan Alam’s novel of the same name.

READ: Spinning Gold: Wiz Khalifa, Tayla Parx, Ledisi and More Cast in Biopic About Casablanca Records

It follows a husband and wife as they head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation with their teenage son and daughter. When the owners of the rental return in a panic one night after they say a sudden blackout has swept through the city, the couple isn’t sure what to believe.

With the TV and internet down and no cell service, the two families are forced into a tense living situation. Roberts will play the mother of the family that rents a house and Washington will portray the homeowner.

Leave The World Behind explores the complexities of parenthood, race, and class — along with how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis.

READ: Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Aaron Pierre To Lead Cast of The Lion King Prequel — Barry Jenkins to Direct

News of Netflix landing this project was announced last year with Denzel Washington attached opposite Roberts. The project would’ve reunited Washington with Roberts, who starred in 1993’s The Pelican Brief. Washington was also attached to produce the film.

Roberts is producing through her Red Om Films banner and Esmail and Chad Hamilton through Esmail Corp. Alam is an executive producer. Red Om’s Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill are involved in a producorial capacity.

The novel was published in October 2020 and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards, listed as one of Barack Obama’s Summer Favorites, and was A Read with Jenna Today Show Pick. It has been named A Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Time, Esquire and Elle among others.

Netflix won the rights to Leave the World Behind after a fierce bidding war with sources saying that the winning bid was over $100 million.

A production start date is still unknown at this time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: