Netflix nabs distribution rights to Sundance hit ‘The Incredible Jessica James’

Jessica Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014. Netflix has acquired the rights to the actress' new movie "The Incredible Jessica James." File Photo by Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

Jan. 24 (UPI) — Netflix says it has acquired the worldwide rights to writer/director Jim Strouse’s comedy, “The Incredible Jessica James.”

Starring Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells, the movie was selected as the closing night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“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,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said in a statement Monday.

“It feels nothing short of incredible to be working with the team at Netflix to bring our movie to their audience around the globe,” added Strouse.

Williams plays an aspiring playwright in New York City 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, and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media-obsessed, post-relationship universe,” a synopsis said.


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