She wrote that “I love this film so much. I love these people so much.”
The trailer on social media is getting a lot of love so far. Teresa Palmer wrote, “OH MY GOD. This looks utterly UNREAL!!” Meanwhile, Taylor Lautner wrote, “Looks phenomenal” and Sophie Turner said, “To say I’m excited is an understatement.”
“Zola” is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Janicza Bravo. It is also co-written by “Slave Play” writer Jeremy O. Harris. The movie stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari’el Stachel, and Colman Domingo. The film is being released by A24, an independent entertainment company. The company is known for films like “Room,” “Amy,” “Moonlight,” “Ex Machina,” and “Euphoria.”
The movie is based on an infamous 148-word Twitter thread. Zola (Taylour Paige) meets a sex worker named Stefani (Riley Keough) in a restaurant. The two develop a bond that starts with pole dancing and eventually leads to a cross-country road trip. The goal of the trip is to make money dancing in strip clubs in Florida.
Zola agrees to the trip but is unaware of just how wild and unexpected the adventure will be. Stefani’s boyfriend Derek (Nicholas Braun) and a violent pimp named Z (Colman Domingo) also play a role in making things unexpected. Additionally, Zola gets involved in a number of shady schemes along the way.
‘Zola’ Film and Riley Keough
The movie first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. It will release to the public on June 30, 2021.
The movie seems to be interestingly catered to the growing audience of social media users. The trailer for the film starts with the line, “You wanna hear a story about how me and this bi*ch fell out? It’s kind of long, but it’s full of suspense.”
This is actually the first line of the original Twitter thread posted by A’Ziah Wells King. The story told in the film is loosely based on one of the most intriguing and memorable threads that ever went viral on Twitter. Furthermore, Jessica is the original name of Stefani’s character, but it was changed for the film.
Based on a True Thread
“You’re like, this is not funny on paper. Like it’s not funny. But [King] managed to extrapolate all of this humor and tension and stress and anxiety and it just like got me. … It was electric. I could feel the blood coursing through my veins and I wanted it and I thought that, like, only a Black girl could’ve experienced that and processed it and exorcised it. In that way, only a person who is innately adept at engaging with their trauma is able to take a step away from it, retell the story and take a hold of their narrative,” Janicza Bravo said to Variety.
The film is an epic stripper tale that got enough inspiration from an extravagant Twitter thread. Now the feature-length film comes with heavy anticipation.
Riley Keough has starred in a number of movie and television roles so far in her career. Some of which are “The Devil All the Time,” “Welcome the Stranger” “Magic Mike,” “The Lodge,” “The Good Doctor,” “It Comes At Night,” and “American Honey.” What’s more, she has had a successful career in film since her debut role in “The Runaways” when she was only 20.