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Watch the wild trailer for A24’s stripper saga Zola

Inspired by a 2015 Twitter thread, the Janicza Bravo-directed film follows two strippers on a hellish road trip that descends into sex, murder, and near-suicide

After receiving rave reviews at last year’s Sundance festival, the full trailer for Janicza Bravo’s Twitter-storm dramedy Zola is finally here.

Directed by Janicza Bravo and co-written by Slave Play playwright Jeremy O’Harris, the film follows Zola (Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress who strikes up a friendship with a customer named Stefani (Riley Keough). 

Together, they head to Florida to earn some money stripping at a club where Stefani has heard dancer tips are excellent. As the trip progresses, Stefani puts Zola and herself in more insane and dangerous situations, including run-ins with a nameless pimp and some Tampa gangsters.

Zola is based on a viral Twitter thread posted in October 2015 by Detroit-based stripper A’ziah ‘Zola’ King. The Twitter thread of 148 tweets details a weekend of debauchery that quickly descends into a hellish whirlwind of sex, murder, and near-suicide.

If that’s not enough to convince you, the trailer also debuts some stunning fashion moments – and no doubt there’s more where that came from.

Also starring in the film is Nicholas Braun and Colman Domingo as the boyfriend and pimp respectively.

Watch the trailer below, and once you’re done, check out our comprehensive list on all the reasons you should watch Zola.

Zola due out in summer