It’s been years in the making, but Zola’s story is finally coming to the big screen.
Five years ago, Zola (real name A’ziah Wells) captured everyone’s imagination with a mega-viral Twitter thread that began:
“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense “
What followed was indeed a suspenseful, outrageous, and shocking tale of a road trip to Florida gone wrong and the often dangerous world of s*x work. Zola’s thread was funny and riveting (even if somewhat exaggerated), and in some ways introduced the world to a new kind of digital storytelling. Needless to say, the internet was hooked, and production company A24 soon snapped up the rights to the film.
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After much anticipation, the indie studio has released the first trailer for the colorful film. Taylour Paige plays the titular role, while Riley Keough stars as her ill-fated partner-in-crime Stefani (a fictionalized version of Jessica Swiatkowski.) Colman Domingo plays “X” (called “Z” in the thread) and Succession’s Nicholas Braun play’s Stefani’s boyfriend Derrek (counterpart to Jess’s real-life BF Jarrett Scott). The film is directed by Janicza Bravo, who co-wrote the script with acclaimed playwright Jeremy O. Harris.
Ch-ch-check out the wild trailer (below):
[Image via A24/YouTube]