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Netflix picks up Rooney Mara-Jason Segel romance 'The Discovery'

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Karen Butler
The Discovery star Rooney Mara attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills on February 28, 2016. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI
"The Discovery" star Rooney Mara attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills on February 28, 2016. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

BEVERLY HILLS , Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- Netflix has acquired the global rights to Charlie McDowell's sci-fi love story The Discovery, starring Rooney Mara, Robert Redford and Jason Segel.

The movie is to premiere on Netflix and in select U.S. theaters in 2017.

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Directed by McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader, The Discovery is set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. Redford plays the scientist who makes the discovery, with Segel portraying his son Will and Mara playing Isla, Will's love interest and a woman haunted by a tragic past, the streaming service said in a press release.

Shot on location in Rhode Island, the film also features Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough and Ron Canada.

"To describe the story as original doesn't begin to capture the world that Charlie has created that will envelop you," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement Monday. "Our global viewers are going to love this film."

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