Netflix’s latest apocalyptic thriller has a cast and production team so star-studded we couldn’t hope to fit everyone involved in the title. But we’re happy to see this culmination of talent in Leave the World Behind‘s first teaser trailer. The new Netflix movie stars Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Bacon, and more. Of course, as if that weren’t enough, Sam Esmail writes and directs the film. And Leave the World Behind is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. Phew. That’s a line-up of star power and talent if we ever heard one. But it’s more than just names. Leave the World Behind‘s full trailer reveals an intense and suspicious thriller and a whole new apocalypse designed to set our nerves on edge. This disaster movie promises to hit hard psychologically. And we all know that’s where movies become truly scary.

You can take a look below to see Roberts, Ali, Hawke, and the rest in the teaser trailer for Leave the World Behind.

Leave the World Behind‘s Trailer

Leave the World Behind‘s trailer starts innocently enough… But we all know things cannot remain cheerful. Everything is about to go very wrong. It all starts with one fated opening of a door. But what exactly is going on? Well, nothing good. But we don’t exactly know for sure yet. Cyberattacks are involved, but it also looks like natural disasters begin to take place. At any rate, it’s the erosion of trust and human niceties which are always the most horrifying. If car collisions, rogue ships, and weird phenomena won’t get you, Leave the World Behind‘s trailer seems to imply then co-habitation will. We guess we’ll see if these two families can work it out to save themselves.

“What is the truth?” Julia Robert’s Leave the World Behind character Amanda asks in Leave the World Behind‘s teaser trailer. And isn’t that always the question? Ultimately, “There is no going back to normal.” What a chilling and all-too-familiar note to conclude the Leave the World Behind trailer.

Netflix’s Official Synopsis for the Sam Esmail Thriller

Leave the World Behind Trailer stars Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, and Myha’la

For a little more clarification on the teaser trailer for Leave the World Behind, Netflix shared the following synopsis. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

In this apocalyptic thriller from award-winning writer and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Amanda (Academy Award winner Julia 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 Mahershala 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‘s Release Date

If Leave the World Behind‘s eerie trailer leaves you wanting to watch the actual movie, you can do so in theaters and on Netflix. The thriller has a release date of November 22 in select theaters. Meanwhile, Leave the World Behind will release on Netflix on December 8.

Leave the World Behind will also have its premiere on October 25 at AFI Fest.

Originally published on October 7, 2023.