“Don’t you think your discovery was too dangerous to share with the world?” scientist Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford) is asked in the trailer for Netflix’s new drama. The Discovery, though, is just the beginning, as the teaser unveils a drama prepared to tackle the big questions of consequences and death itself.
The film, which is written and directed by Charle McDowell (The One I Love), is set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. As a result, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to get there. During this time, a man and woman fall in love, while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of what lies beyond.
Redford is joined by a stellar cast, which includes Rooney Mara, Riley Keough and Jason Segel. The film premieres worldwide on Netflix on Friday 31st March.
Teaser trailer: Robert Redford and Rooney Mara star in Netflix’s The Discovery
19th January 2017
Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford) has made a scientific breakthrough that shocked the world. This knowledge has thrown our lives off balance and challenged everything we know about life and death. What is The Discovery?
This March, we finally get an answer, as Netflix releases the movie it acquired last summer. Starring Rooney Mara, Riley Keough, Jason Segel and Jesse Plemons, it’s written by Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader (The One I Love – already on Netflix UK). Shot on location in Rhode Island by Charlie McDowell, the film is a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to get there.
Segel plays Harbor’s son, Will, with Mara playing Isla, a woman haunted by a tragic past with whom Will falls in love.
“To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said of the film when the streaming giant snapped it up. “Our global viewers are going to love this film.”
The movie is released worldwide on Netflix on Friday 31st March.
Netflix acquires Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara
14th June 2016
Netflix has acquired the global rights to The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel.
Directed by Charlie McDowell, who co-wrote the film with Justin Lader, The Discovery is a love story set one year after scientists verify the existence of an afterlife. 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 with whom Will falls in love.
Shot on location in Rhode Island, the film also features Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Riley Keough (American Honey, The Girlfriend Experience) and Ron Canada (The Strain).
McDowell recently made his feature film directorial debut with The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. The film, written by McDowell and Justin Lader, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is available on Netflix UK.
“To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you,” says Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Our global viewers are going to love this film.”
The Discovery was produced by Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Mike Goodridge and Dimitra Tsingou for Protagonist, and Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith for Endgame.
Stern adds: “I am a big fan of Charlie’s work and jumped at the chance to work with him on an incredible script with an exceptionally talented cast. And to be in partnership with Netflix is a perfect storm for Endgame.”
The Discovery joins the growing lineup of Netflix original films, and titles premiering in 2016, including The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez, Tallulah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, and David Michôd’s War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace and Will Poulter.
The film will premiere on Netflix worldwide and in select US cinemas in 2017.
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