In the film world, the Russo Brothers seemingly are a duo that has yet to have a real misstep. They’re the directors that are responsible two of the top five grossing films of all time (“Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War”) and have already become major forces as producers with their AGBO production company. In the world, in general, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are just two of the most famous people, period. So you better believe the collaboration between the Obamas and Russos is going to be big news, as is the case with the upcoming film “Exit West.”
According to Deadline, the Russo’s AGBO is teaming with the Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, to make a film based on the novel “Exit West” from author Mohsin Hamid. And making the project even more enticing is the fact that Riz Ahmed is already set to star in the film, with director Yann Demange behind the camera. Oh yeah, and if those names weren’t big enough, how about the fact that Netflix will distribute.
That’s one hell of a film stew, I’d say.
“Exit West,” as mentioned, is based on the best-seller that tells the story of the global refugee crisis, as two young people are forced from their homes in an undisclosed country after stray gunfire kills one of their parents. With their city becoming increasingly violent and dangerous, they join a migrant group that is given the option of three separate doors with three completely different refugee locations and cultures.
Ahmed is one of the best actors working today, probably best known for his work in films like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Nightcrawler.” He’s also starred in projects such as “Four Lions,” “Jason Bourne,” and the limited series “The Night Of,” which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. Demange is a filmmaker that is known for the acclaimed film “‘71,” as well as the recent drama “White Boy Rick,” which stars Matthew McConaughey.
There’s no word on when we might see “Exit West” arrive on Netflix or in theaters.