Zola directed by Janicza Bravo
Zola directed by Janicza Bravo

A24 released the official trailer for ZOLA, from writer-director Janicza Bravo and based on the #TheStory by A’Ziah “Zola” King. The film starring starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters this Summer.

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.”

Thus began the odyssey of one A’Ziah King, aka ZOLA. From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola’s stranger than fiction saga, which she first told in a now iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life.

Zola (Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.

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