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.