Over a quarter of a century since last working together, Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington will share the screen again in Leave The World Behind.
Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts have both been major Hollywood stars for a good few years now, but they haven’t shared the screen since 1993’s The Pelican Brief. That’s about to change with the news that Netflix have once again splashed an almighty amount of cash to bring the duo, as part of a package deal including Mr. Robot director Sam Esmail and the rights to Rumaan Alem’s yet to be published novel, onto their streaming platform.
It’s another coup for Netflix and yet another shot fired across the bow of its competitors. Bidding for the attractive package of two huge actors, an in-demand director and anticipated source material reportedly reached $100 million and involved other major players from streaming platforms and Hollywood studios.
This marks an interesting opportunity for both actors to resume an onscreen pairing from the early part of their careers. Washington in particular, seems to be in the mood for returns of late: his last film, The Equalizer 2 marked his first ever sequel. He’ll soon be returning to Shakespeare too, again, also for the first time since 1993 when he played Don Pedro in Branagh’s brilliant Much Ado About Nothing. This time, he’ll be playing Macbeth in Joel Coen’s take on the dark Scottish tragedy.
For Netflix, it’s another high-profile addition to their catalogue, and we’ll bet there’s sure to be more where that came from. The original story is here.
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