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Netflix’s How It Ends trailer: Theo James and Forest Whitaker roadtrip into the apocalypse

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Jun 22, 2018, 2:23 PM EDT

It’s the end of the world as Theo James and Forest Whitaker know it in Netflix’s upcoming film How It Ends, but this first trailer is just the beginning of the end.

As you can see below, everything starts out nice and normal for a guy, Will (James), on a trip alone – with his pregnant wife, Samantha (Kat Graham) checking in to see what happened last night. Apparently Will messed things up again with her dad and ex-military man, Tom (Whitaker). But just as Will’s about to get into details with Samantha, something terrible happens, the connection dies, and Will’s wife is scared, 2,000 miles away.

Something bad happened, and it appears to be on a grand scale. But we have no idea what. Naturally, Will connects with his father-in-law, and the two of them reluctantly pair up to save Samantha. So it’s like an apocalyptic buddy-cop movie, kind of like The Road meets Lethal Weapon meets Son-in-Law.   

Then we go wide, and the mystery of the apocalyptic event begins to unfold on the airwaves, spreading misinformation and violence in its powerfully dusty wake. Will Tom and Will be able to navigate the crumbling roads and society of America in order to save the girl? 

Sure, How It Ends appears to be another apocalyptic wasteland that needs covering, and another damsel in distress that needs saving, but we're looking forward to seeing how (if) they change things up. Especially from a cast that’s stood out from genre days gone by, including James as Four in the Divergent films; Graham as Bonnie Bennett in The Vampire Diaries; and Whitaker as Zuri in Black Panther (most recently). 

The film is directed by longtime indie director David M. Rosenthal, who according to IMDB is currently attached to a completed Jacob’s Ladder remake. The film's Black List script was written by Brooks McLaren, who is also penning a new Rambo movie, perhaps a sign the apocalypse is indeed close.

How It Ends drops on Netflix July 13. Will you be watching?

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