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Robert Redford and Jason Segel have signed on to star in Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery. The two actors join Rooney Mara, who already boarded the project.
Segel is replacing Nicholas Hoult, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts (Hoult is about to start filming Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan).
Written by McDowell and Justin Lader, the film is set in a world two years after the existence of an afterlife has been scientifically proven, resulting in millions of people taking their own lives, believing that suicide is like pushing a reset button. Segel will play the son of the man responsible for the discovery (Redford). Mara will plays a woman whom Segel’s character falls in love with and whose life is tinged by a tragic past.
Verisimilitude’s Alex Orlovsky (The Place Beyond the Pines) and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern (Looper, An Education) are producing The Discovery, which was financed by Endgame and Protagonist Pictures. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith are overseeing the project for Endgame. Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou and Eddie Vaisman are shepherding for Protagonist.
The film begins shooting in Rhode Island later this month.
“I couldn’t be happier to be working with Charlie,” said Stern. “Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara are three exceptionally talented actors and make the project all the more exciting.”
The Discovery is McDowell’s second feature film following his critically acclaimed The One I Love (2014) starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.
ICM Partners and WME Global packaged the project and are representing domestic rights for the film. Protagonist is handling international sales. ICM Partners represents McDowell and Lader. McDowell is also repped by Kenny Goodman at MGMT Management. Redford and Mara are handled by WME. Segel is with WME and Stacy Abrams of Abrams Entertainment.
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