Amazon has acquired the rights to Drake Doremus’ new film, Zoe. The sci-fi romance, which premiered at the weekend at Tribeca Film Festival, stars Léa Seydoux and Ewan McGregor. It is set in the near future, when technology has honed relationships down to a matter of science, with a computerised test able to determine the likelihood of a successful between two individuals, and androids are designed as ideal partners who never leave.
Seydoux and McGregor play Zoe and Cole, who work in the research facility that developed this technology. As a relationship between them blossoms, an accident divides them, threatening their romance and asking larger questions about love and humanity.
The couple are joined by a supporting cast that includes Theo James, Rashida Jones, and Christina Aguilera. The film is written by playwright Richard Greenberg, whose work includes Breakfast at Tiffany’s Three Days of Rain and Take Me Out.
It marks a return to science fiction for Doremus, who recently helmed Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult and premiering at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015. His last film reunited him with Hoult for Newness, a romantic drama co-starring Laia Costa and Danny Huston, which premiered at Sundance in 2017.
Amazon’s deal for Zoe covers the US and Canada, the UK and Ireland, and Italy, Australia and New Zealand. It will be released on Amazon Prime Video later this year.