The film, set in a world one year after the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically proven, will be directed by Charlie McDowell from a script he co-wrote with Justin Lader. Hoult plays the son of the man responsible for this discovery and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing the film, and Protagonist will introduce it to international buyers at the American Film Market. ICM Partners is handling domestic rights.
Producers are Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment. Orlovsky’s credits include “The Place Beyond The Pines,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Wolfpack” and “Half Nelson” while Stern and Endgame have produced Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects,” which also starred Mara, Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” and “Freeheld,” starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will oversee the project for Endgame. Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou and Eddie Vaisman are overseeing for Protagonist.
Popular on Variety
“The Discovery” is McDowell’s second feature after “The One I Love,” which starred Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss and had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He co-wrote “The One I Love” with Lader.
Hoult was last seen in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” His upcoming films include “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Equals” and “Rebel In The Rye” as J.D. Salinger. Hoult is currently in production on “Sandcastle,” directed by Fernando Coimbra.
Mara will next be seen in the Todd Haynes 1950s love story “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett, for which she was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Mara is starring in “The Secret Scripture” for Jim Sheridan and the adaptation of the play “Blackbird” for director Benedict Andrews.
Hoult is represented by UTA and 42. Mara is represented by WME and Management 360. ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment represent both Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader.