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The memorable @Zolarmoon Twitter thread that had our eyes pasted to our screens in 2015 has been adapted into a movie. A24 debuts a first look trailer for the film, Zola, recalling the captivating story, which stars Boogie’s Taylour Paige releasing this summer. You would have had to be hiding under a rock if you don’t remember the viral Twitter thread that had users refreshing the page anticipating the next part of this thrilling story.
i remember reading the zola thread in real time and now it’s a movie pic.twitter.com/Wy4Zu8GDvY
— i praydalor my sodakeep (@almondtiddies) March 31, 2021
Six years ago, Zola, a stripper (whose real name is Aziah Wells), created a Twitter thread where she posted about a wild and minacious trip she took to Florida with a group of strangers. The story begins with Zola meeting another sex worker named Jessica at their local Hooters. The two instantly hit it off and decided it would be perfect to take an impromptu trip down to Florida to dance at strip clubs where they would certainly make more money. Zola shows up ready for their trip to find Jessica, Jessica’s boyfriend, Jarrett, and Jessica’s “friend,” Z, prepared to join her for the ride. They all hop into the car and head south. Things take a swift turn when Zola finds out Z is actually Jessica’s pimp, and instead of dancing, they would be doing other kinds of sex work. Zola and the captivating Twitter thread tells an exaggerated version of this outlandish tale involving one of the men kidnapping two women, the abusive Z shooting someone and Jarrett almost jumping off of a balcony to his death due to the series of dramatic and traumatic events.
I’m SO in on this. Zola’s Twitter thread remains a top 5 thread on this app, and it ain’t 5. That the thread turned into a movie is just amazing. https://t.co/WBRjlWsc9p
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 31, 2021
the zola thread pic.twitter.com/Ughg1l0FhO
— raz (@arehzed) March 31, 2021
Now, to our knowledge, the first-of-its-kind Twitter thread is headed to theaters this summer. Zola’s director Janicsza Bravo expresses her excitement to retell a story that she says. during the Sundance Film Festival premiere in January 2020, she became immediately obsessed with once the thread entered her group text chain she’s in with her Los Angeles girlfriends.
The film premiered to laughter and applause at the festival and it has been described as “an irreverent, sensibility-offending trip for audiences, by Variety’s Peter Debruge who attended the festival to watch the film’s debut.
Zola, co-written by Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris, appears to be an adventure story worth watching exploring themes of sex trafficking, sex workers realities and unusual friendships turned enemies.
Here’s a closer look at the key players in the film. Paige, portraying Zola, gravely resembles Wells and seems to be the perfect fit for the role. She does an excellent job of capturing the true essence of a Black woman caught in the middle of some unexpected mess. Jess, played by Riley Keough, drags Zola into the messiness on their journey to Florida. While Succession star, Nichola Braun is tapped for the role of Derrek, who’s name was originally Jarrett in the infamous Twitter thread. The Euphoria actor, Colman Domingo, will play the Nigerian pimp, Z, in the film.
What should fans expect from the highly anticipated film? Will it meet the expectations of the jarring Twitter thread?
if every single plot point from the zola thread isn’t in the movie, imma act worse than a anime nerd watching a netflix adaptation 😭😭😭😭
— Becca O’Neal 🍒 (@becca_oneal) March 31, 2021
We are certainly excited to see Paige in a role, like none other, for this film.
Taylour Paige as ZOLA pic.twitter.com/XNVfhJ5Pbp
— MOOD RING. (@ROZtheCreator) March 31, 2021
Watch the first look at Zola coming June 30 to theaters.
“Bitch let’s go to Florida.” ✨@TaylourPaige stars in #ZOLA, based on #TheStory by @_zolarmoon. Directed by Janicza Bravo, co-written with @JeremyOHarris. In Theaters This Summer pic.twitter.com/G21uxvtlPV
— Zola (@zolamovie) March 31, 2021
The scene where Zola just says “…word” with the blackest blank stare, I felt that. https://t.co/gpHOPGloqb
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) March 31, 2021
‘Zola’ Film Based On The Iconic Twitter Thread Debuts First Look Trailer Starring Taylour Paige
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