New Netflix thriller from Sam Esmail looks to blow Mr Robot out of the water

Esmail is back with another cyberattack extravanganza, but this time for Netflix

Leave the World Behind
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Mr Robot may have had a few low spots along the way, not least in the third season, but it is still one of the best TV series of the last decade. Now its creator is back, with another cyberattack thriller, and he's managed to put together an incredible cast.

Leave the World Behind does differ from Mr Robot in a few significant ways. For starters, Esmail didn't create it – its based on a novel by Rumaan Alam. It's also a movie rather than TV series and, instead of Amazon Prime Video (which had the rights to Esmail's award-winning show outside of the US), Netflix is footing the bill this time.

It will also have a limited cinematic run, starting in theatres on 22 November before being made available on Netflix from 8 December.

The streaming service has released a teaser trailer for the film and we have to say that we're already hooked.

The movie stars Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke as the parents of a family whose holiday is interrupted by a couple of strangers, played by Mahershala Ali and Myha’la. It soon transpires that there is a spate of cyberattacks across the US, and everyone is in danger.

Kevin Bacon is also in the film in a currently unknown part (unless you've already read the book, that is). And, let's not forget that, while he may not have created the plot from scratch, there are bound to be plenty of twists, turns and Esmail-isms throughout. Even the trailer looks a little Mr Robot-esque in places.

Netflix also released another star-studded, original movie recently, with Justin Timberlake, Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro featuring in the thriller Reptile, now available to stream on the platform.

The murder mystery is directed by Grant Singer, who is better known for his music videos for likes of The Weeknd and Taylor Swift.

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