Robert Redford and Jason Segel are set to join Rooney Mara in Charlie McDowell’s film “The Discovery.”
Segel will reportedly replace Nicholas Hoult, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The film follows a script by McDowell and Justin Lader, and will begin filming in Rhode Island later this month.
“The Discovery” is a sci-fi film set two years after the discovery that an afterlife has been scientifically proven, resulting in millions of people committing suicide in order to start over. Redford will play the man who made the discovery, while Segel plays his son. Mara is playing the woman with a tragic past whom Segel’s character falls in love with.
James D. Stern (“Looper,” “An Education”), who is producing through Endgame Entertainment alongside Verisimilitude’s Alex Orlovsky (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), said of the project, “I couldn’t be happier to be working with Charlie. Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara are three exceptionally talented actors and make the project all the more exciting.”
This will be McDowell’s second feature film. His directorial debut, the critically acclaimed “The One I Love,” starred Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.
Redford gained Oscar buzz for his role in 2013’s “All Is Lost.” He was most recently seen in last year’s “Truth” as Dan Rather, and will soon be seen in “Pete’s Dragon” alongside Bryce Dallas Howard.
Mara, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Oscars for her role in “Carol,” has several big projects coming down the pipeline, including “Mary Magdalene” in which she plays the titular role of the famous Biblical figure.
Segel also gained critical acclaim for last year’s “The End of the Tour.”
The film is aiming for a 2017 release.