Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Drake Doremus’ new romantic sci-fi titled Zoe now has its first trailer. In prior films, Doremus has directed Felicity Jones in Breathe In and Like Crazy, Kristen Stewart in Equals, and now he’s teamed with Léa Seydoux as the titular Zoe. Along with Zoe’s professional colleague Cole (played by Ewan McGregor), the two work together to advance and perfect the compatibility of various romantic relationships. As their work continues, they internally refocus their romantic objectives as they begin to discover unquestionable feelings for one another.
Throughout the last decade, Doremus has continued to showcase his liking for tender, yet imaginative love stories. In Zoe, he revisits the romantic sci-fi angle, once again proposing larger questions that only seem fitting given the exponentially evolving technology that surrounds us–ideas similar to those explored in Her, Ex Machina, and even the Netflix hit Black Mirror.
To help sell the near-future setting, Doremus enlists frequent collaborative cinematographer John Guleserian (Equals, Like Crazy, Love, Simon). Based on what we get to see in the trailer, Guleserian’s cinematography looks almost dream-like–a faded glaze coating softly lit environments. Also under Doremus’ direction are co-stars Rashida Jones, Theo James, Matthew Gray Gubler, Miranda Otto, and Christina Aguilera.
In related news, Seydoux has also joined Arnaud Desplechin’s detective story Roubaix, A Light, which he co-wrote with Ava director Léa Mysius. The actress joins Roschdy Zem, who leads the film as Daoud, “an experienced, no-nonsense police chief in the northern French city of Roubaix trying to get to the bottom of the brutal murder of an old woman by two female neighbours and lovers, labeled as alcoholics and addicts.” The project also stars BPM (Beats Per Minute)’s Antoine Reinartz and Sara Forestier.
Courtesy of Amazon Studios, Zoe will become exclusively available via Prime Video on July 20th.