Sundance is in full swing and there are so many films making a splash already. In fact, Netflix announced just that it has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Jim Strouse’s refreshing and heartfelt modern comedy, The Incredible Jessica James, prior to the film’s upcoming world premiere as the Closing Night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year simultaneously to Netflix’s over 93 million viewers in 190 countries.
“We are honored to get to work with Jim Strouse as we introduce film lovers around the globe to The Incredible Jessica James, which marks the arrival of Jessica Williams, a true star in the making,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix.
“It feels nothing short of incredible to be working with the team at Netflix to bring our movie to their audience around the globe” said Strouse.
In a breakout performance, Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show,” “2 Dope Queens” Podcast) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (FX’s “Atlanta”, Straight Outta Compton) and Noël Wells (Netflix’s “Master of None”) co-star. The film was produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside and executive produced by Jessica Williams and Kerri Hundley.