added: Wed, Feb 22nd '17
If you were given proof that the afterlife is real, as in a life-after-death, would you easily and gladly give up on the life you're living now? It's a provocative idea that forms the core of Netflix's new thought-provoking, science-fiction-tinged drama-thriller "The Discovery," for which a new full-length trailer has been released.
The upcoming Netflix film is set in a grim world/near-future where a brilliant scientist, named Dr. Thomas Harbor (played by Hollywood legend Robert Redford), has scientifically proven the existence of an afterlife, or what he prefers to call, "a new plane of existence." But as a direct result of his scientific discovery, the world's suicide rate has spiked up like never before, and the tally continues to rise higher and higher with each passing day.
Amid the turmoil, however, is Dr. Harbor's estranged son, Will (former "How I Met Your Mother" star Jason Segel), who has returned home to his father's private estate, which has now been converted into an afterlife research facility. Once there, Will embarks on a romantic relationship with Isla (Rooney Mara; from "Lion"). She is one of Dr. Harbor's crestfallen volunteers, who is seeking her own answers to life's questions.
The film is directed by filmmaker Charlie McDowell (son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen) from a script he co-wrote with his screenwriter-partner Justin Lader. They also made the acclaimed 2014 romantic mystery "The One I Love" with Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.
"The Discovery," which premiered at Sundance at this year, co-stars Steenburgen, Jesse Plemons (TV's Fargo), and Riley Keough (American Honey). It's currently set to stream on Netflix on March 31st.
One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to “get there”. A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.
directed by Charlie McDowell
starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, Mary Steenburgen
release date March 31, 2017 (on Netflix)