Anthony Russell, the director of “Avengers 3: Infinity War: The Final Battle of the Avengers,” will work with the Obamas to produce the film “Exit West” based on the best-selling fantasy reality novel by writer Mohsin Hamid,media reported.
Liz Ahmed, who has starred in films such as Venom, Rogue One: Star Wars, will star and executive producer, and Jan DeMange (“Lost 1971” “The White Boy Rick”) is expected to open in spring 2020. “West Gap” explores the global refugee issue and is now in the spotlight.
“West Gap” is one of the most important awards in contemporary English literature, the Man Booker Prize for 2017’s long list of outstanding works, and Obama added to his must-read list of the year. The author, Mohsin Hamid, has written “Strangers at the TeaHouse in Lahore” and many others.
“West Gap” tells the story of a refugee whose city becomes extremely dangerous when the mother of the hero, Said, is killed by a grenade in a Middle Eastern country. Said and Nadia fled their homes. The couple joined other refugees, passing through the heavily guarded gate and trying to escape to a safer place. Through one door, they went to the crowded camp on the island of Mykonos in the Greek Aegean Sea, another door to the private rooms of London’s abandoned mansions, packed with homeless Nigerians, and the third door led them to Marin County, California, not far from San Francisco. The couple’s relationship has been tested and deepened as they struggle to find food, shelter and with other refugees.
The Russell brothers directed “Avengers 4: The Final Battle” in 2019, grossing $2.98 billion worldwide. They recently filmed the Tom Holland film Cherry,” which they produced, starring Chris Hemsworth, and will be available on Netflix on April 24.