Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult had different experiences on the blockbuster side of things this year. The former featured in Joe Wright‘s flop “Pan,” while the latter played a key role in George Miller‘s acclaimed, eyeball melting, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” However, both actors are pairing up for a project that will see them going indie.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are backing “The Discovery.” 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. 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. Justin Lader, the screenwriter of “The One I Love,” re-teams with McDowell, penning the script for this project as well.
It’s an intriguing premise and from a filmmaker who is emerging as a unique voice, so we’ll be interested to see how this turns out. Production will begin in January.