Higher Ground Boards by Obama Thriller 'Leave the World Behind'

Higher Ground Boards by Obama Thriller 'Leave the World Behind' ...

Higher Ground, a production company founded by the former president, has signed on to Rumaan Alam's Leave the World Behind, which stars Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali.

Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot and Homecoming, wrote and directed the film, which also stars Ethan Hawke and Myha'la Herrold.

The novel, which was published by HarperCollins in October 2020, follows a husband and wife as they return to Long Island expecting a vacation with their teenage son and daughter. One night after they say a sudden blackout has swept through the city, they are not sure what to believe. Both families are forced into a tense life dilemma. Themes involving race, class, and parenthood are addressed.

Esmail and Chad Hamilton will produce through Esmail Corp, with Roberts, Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill will be producing through Red Om Films. Tonia Davis of Higher Ground will exec produce, with Nick Krishnamurthy of Alam and Esmail Corp.

Higher Ground, which is currently streaming on Netflix, has previously collaborated with the streamer on Worth, a feature film that tells the story of civil rights and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin, directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Colman Domingo, and the feature documentary Descendant, which has been selected out of the Sundance Film Festival.

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