Netflix Gets ‘The Discovery’ with Rooney Mara, Jason Segel

Rooney Mara Stars in The Discovery
Rooney Mara at the ‘Carol’ screening during the BFI London Film Festival (Photo by John Phillips / Getty Images for BFI)

The romantic drama The Discovery has been picked up by Netflix for global distribution. The film was co-written by director Charlie McDowell (The One I Love) and Justin Lader and stars Rooney Mara (Carol), Jason Segel (The End of the Tour), and Robert Redford (Truth). Ron Canada, The Girlfriend Experience‘s Riley Keough, and Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons co-star. Netflix is targeting a 2017 release on Netflix and in theaters.

Shot in Rhode Island, The Discovery was produced by Alex Orlovsky and James D. Stern, with Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou, Julie Goldstein, and Lucas Smith executive producing. Commenting on Netflix’s acquisition, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you. Our global viewers are going to love this film.”

The Plot: The Discovery is a gripping love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. Redford plays the scientist responsible for the discovery, with Segel portraying his son Will and Mara playing Isla, a woman haunted by a tragic past who Will falls in love with.