Sometimes projects get announced, but by time they’re ready to roll in front of cameras, their shape changes, and that’s what’s happening with “The Discovery.” The project was first revealed last fall as starring Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult, but with cameras now ready to roll (production was originally planned to start in January), the actor has been swapped out, and another added to round out the leading trio.
What’s Up Newport reveals that the movie will begin filming this month in Rhode Island, with Robert Redford and Jason Segel, the latter stepping in for Hoult, joining Rooney Mara in the film. Charlie McDowell (“The One I Love,” starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) will direct the love story set in a world where the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven. Segel 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.
So keep an eye out for “The Discovery,” likely on the festival circuit next year. It’s a pretty solid leading trio, with an emerging filmmaker leading the way, in what sounds like low-key genre piece.