Robert Redford, Rooney Mara and Jason Segel will star in a sci-fi love story “The Discovery,” with shooting planned to begin this spring in Newport, RI.

The film, set in a world one year after the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically proven. Segel 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.

The film will be directed by Charlie McDowell from a script he co-wrote with Justin Lader.

Robert Redford famously shot “The Great Gatsby” with Mia Farrow here in Newport, RI back in 1973.

Robert Redford Newport RI

Jason Segel’s part was originally cast for Nicholas Hoult and Jim Carrey was originally rumored to be slated for Redford’s role.

The Rhode Island Film and TV office is expected to provide more details in the coming days. Stay tuned for more updates!

Other notable films shot in Newport, RI include The Great Gatsby, High Society, Amistad, Moonrise Kingdom, True Lies, Lolita, Wind, Reversal of Fortune, Evening, The Proposal, Dan in Real Life, Mr. North, They Were Expendable, Tanner Hall, Celeste & Jesse Forever, Age of Innocence, Thirteen Days, 27 Dresses, Subconscious, Tanner Hall, Irrational Man and Me, Myself & Irene

*an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Nicholas Hoult as one of the male leads – Jason Segel has replaced him on the production*

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