The writer-director duo behind The One I Love are re-teaming for the science fiction romance The Discovery, with Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult set to star. Directed by Charlie McDowell from a script he co-wrote with Justin Lader, the film is a love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. Hoult will play the son of the scientist who made the discovery, with Mara playing a woman whose life is tinged by a tragic past, with whom Hoult’s character falls in love.
Verisimilitude’s Alex Orlovsky will produce, along with James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment. Orlovsky previously produced The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine, the Wolfpack and Half Nelson. Stern and Endgame’s previous credits include Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Rian Johnson’s Looper, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, and Freeheld. The film will be financed jointly by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures, and ICM Partners is handling the domestic rights. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will oversee for Endgame, while Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou and Eddie Vaisman will do so for Protagonist.
The Discovery is the second feature film from McDowell and Lader, following The One I love. They’re both repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment. Nicholas Hoult was last seen in Mad Max: Fury Road, will soon reprise the role of Henry McCoy AKA Beast in X-Men: Apocalypse, and will also be seen in Equals, and as JD Salinger in The Rye. He’s currently in production on Fernando Coimbra’s Sandcastle, and is repped by UTA and 42. Rooney Mara has Todd Haynes’ Cannes film Carol coming soon, and will be seen next year in The Secret Scripture, in Lion, and Blackbird, and she recently wrapped on the Terrence Malick’s upcoming, still-untitled film. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.