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Netflix nabs 'The Discovery' sci-fi film, plans cinema release

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 Billy Steele
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Netflix continues to pad its streaming library, and this time it's adding another indie film. The Discovery, directed by Charlie McDowell, takes place two years after humans proved the afterlife is a real thing and millions are committing suicide in an attempt to start fresh. The movies stars Rooney Mara (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Robert Redford and Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Redford's character makes the discovery while Segel plays his son with Mara as the younger's love interest.

The project also stars Jesse Plemons of Fargo and Breaking Bad fame and joins the slate of upcoming Netflix original films with the likes of Ellen Page, Paul Rudd and Brad Pitt. There's no word on when The Discovery will make its debut, but Deadline reports there are plans for a 2017 theatrical release alongside the streaming premiere. It's a similar strategy the service took for Beasts of No Nation, making it available for both streaming and theater-goers after its release. This is just the latest in a string of movie announcements from Amazon and Netflix, as both services are adding full-length films at almost the same rate they're announcing original series.Deadline Hollywood

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