Discovery: Sci Fi Starring Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara

Netflix released the first trailer for The Discovery, its sci-fi film starring Robert Redford, Jason Segel, and Rooney Mara.

Redford plays Dr. Harper, a scientist whose verification of the afterlife, or a “new plane of existence” changes the way people think about death. In fact, it seems to make people want it, sparking more suicides around the world by those attempting to “get there.”

“How can you keep a discovery so vital to our existence a secret?” Redford’s Harper says in the trailer after Mary Steenburgen’s journalist asks a question about his personal responsibility.

 The trailer also seems to suggest some manipulation of time with rewinds and repetitive shots. Spooky characters come in and out of frame, bouncing around in what looks like found footage.

“We opened the door for these people. Now we have to show them what’s behind it,” Harper declares.

Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada also star in the film.

Charlie McDowell directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Justin Lader.

The movie premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Fest and will debut March 31 on Netflix.

Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing.