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Netflix Acquires Robert Redford, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara’s Sci-Fi Film ‘The Discovery’

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Netflix has made a “discovery.”

The streaming giant has nabbed worldwide rights to the film “The Discovery,” starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. The movie will premiere on Netflix then hit select U.S. theaters next year.

Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader, the sci-fi love story is set in a world with an afterlife, where millions are now taking their own lives in the hopes that committing suicide is akin to pushing a reset button.

Redford plays the man responsible for the scientific discovery, Segel portrays his son and Mara is the woman Segel’s character falls in love with who’s haunted by a tragic past.

“To describe the story as original doesn’t begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you,” said Netflix COO Ted Sarandos. “Our global viewers are going to love this film.”

The pic also stars Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough and Ron Canada.

“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.

“The Discovery” joins Netflix’s growing slate of original films debuting this year, including “The Fundamentals of Caring,” starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez (premiering on June 24); “Tallulah,” toplined by Ellen Page and Allison Janney (July 29); “The Little Prince,” featuring the voices of Rudd, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro (August 5); and David Michôd’s “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace and Will Poulter (fall of 2016).