Barack and Michelle Obama are working with Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo on a new Netflix movie featuring Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed.
The Russo brothers acquired the rights to Moshin Hamid’s book, Exit West, in 2017. The story focuses on the couple Saeed and Nadia who flee from their home in the Middle East after Saeed’s mother is killed during a conflict between the local government and guerrilla soldiers.
There are magical doors that can take them to places that are safe for emigrants, including Mykonos, London, and Marin County, California. Everywhere they go they face new struggles. “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,” reads a line from Collider’s description.
The Obamas signed with Netflix in 2018 to help create new TV shows and movies for the streaming network. Barack Obama named Exit West as one of his favorite books of 2017.