New trailer lands for The Incredible Jessica James
VOD News | On 15, Jul 2017
“I’m tall. I’m pretty. I’m smart. Obviously, I will have many great loves in my life.”
That’s Jessica James in Netflix’s new original comedy, The Incredible Jessica James. And spoiler alert: she really is.
Jim Strouse’s film closed the Sundance festival at the start of 2017, before being promptly snapped up by the streaming service, and it’s not hard to see why: Jessica Williams shines in the central role, which Strouse wrote for her. Playing an aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup, Williams is amazingly funny, moving, honest, stylish and charmingly chaotic. That charisma carries all the way through a romance with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd, which could have been full of unlikely duo cliches, but rings with hilarious truth.
“I really like you,” he tells her. “Of course you do,” she replies. “I’m friggin’ dope.”
The Incredible Jessica James is unleashed on the world on Friday 28th July. Here’s the new trailer:
Netflix unveils The Incredible Jessica James trailer and July release date
24th June 2017
The Incredible Jessica James will premiere this July on Netflix, after being snapped up by the streaming service at Sundance – and now, we’ve got our first glimpse of what will no doubt be one of the best Netflix films of the year.
Jim Strouse’s comedy-drama closed the Sundance festival in Utah at the start of 2017, providing a showcase for the irrepressible comic talent of Jessica Williams. The role was written with her in mind – and it shows, as she emerges as less an actress and more an unstoppable force, blowing through the mess of real life with charm, wit and confidence to spare.
The Daily Show veteran stars as Jessica James, an 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, 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, Get Out) and Noël Wells (Netflix’s “Master of None”) co-star, but this is Williams’ show through and through, and the teaser trailer for the movie is just a taste of what she has to bring to the world.
The Incredible Jessica James is released on Netflix worldwide on Friday 28th July. Read on for the video – or click here for a full guide to what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in July 2017.
Sundance: Netflix nabs The Incredible Jessica James
25th January 2017
Netflix keeps on closing those Sundance deals, with two new acquisitions in its shopping basket.
First up is Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press. The documentary, which chronicles the court case between the media company Gawker and the WWE star, is based on one of the highest profile legal battles of 2016, a battle that ended with a $115 million pay day.
The film of such a high profile tangle, then, has also proven a big deal: Deadline reports that five outlets were bidding for the documentary by director Brian Knappenberger. Knappenberger executive produced the doc, with Femke Wolting producing. THR confirms Netflix came out on top, with worldwide rights for the movie, with a deal that is thought to be around $2 million.
Netflix hasn’t stopped there: it has also snapped up the closing film for the festival too: The Incredible Jessica James. Jim Strouse’s modern comedy stars Jessica Williams as an aspiring playwright in New York City, who is trying to get over a recent breakup with her boyfriend. She sees light at the end of the tunnel when she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who’s also recovering from a recent break-up. Together, they figure out a way to make it through the tough times, while also realising they like each other.
The film co-stars Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells and is produced by Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub of Beachside, and executive produced by Williams and Kerri Hundley.
This is the fourth film in a row from Strouse to play at Sundance, with Williams breaking out in his 2015 movie, People Places Things, before going on to build on The Daily Show correspondent role with the podcast 2 Dope Queens. Combined with O’Dowd and you have a lead couple worth banking on. Sure enough, Netflix has, with plans to launch the film globally to all subscribers this year.