Barack and Michelle Obama are teaming up with MCU royalty The Russo Brothers for a new film for Netflix. Titled Exit West, it is based on Mohsin Hamid's bestselling book. In 2017, the book was listed on Barack Obama's best of list from that year, which is a huge deal. Riz Ahmed is in talks to star, with Yann Demange behind the camera. The Russos will produce through their production company AGBO, and the Obamas will produce through their company Higher Ground Productions.
Exit West tackles the global refugee crisis and takes place in an unidentified country in the Middle East, where young Saeed and burqa-wearing Nadia flee their home after Saeed's mother is killed by a stray bullet stemming from violent clashes between guerrillas and the local government. The couple joins other migrants traveling to safer havens via carefully guarded doors. Through one door, they wind up in a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos. Through another, they secure a private room in an abandoned London mansion populated mostly by displaced Nigerians. A third door takes them to California's Marin County. In each location, their relationship is tested by their struggle to find food, adequate shelter and a sense of belonging among emigrant communities. The allegorical tale shows the contrast between the migrants' tenuous daily reality and that of the privileged native population who'd prefer that they disappear.
No release date for the film is set in stone as of now.
First seen on The Hollywood Reporter, additional reporting from Collider