The trailer for ZOLA, Janicza Bravo’s film based off of a viral Twitter thread, finally dropped. Here’s what we know and what we can’t wait to see.

Written by: Daniella Baltazar – March 31st, 2021 9:35 pm pst

“You wanna hear a story about how me and this bitch here fell out?” We absolutely do! The trailer for ZOLA is finally here! ZOLA, a film that follows a lengthy Twitter thread that went viral in 2015, is being produced by A24 and directed by Janicza Bravo. The film stars Taylour Paige as the titular Zola, and Riley Keough as Stefani, Zola’s wild new friend.

Zola, a waitress in Detroit, strikes up a friendship with a customer, Stefani. The duo bond over pole-dancing, and Stefani immediately invites Zola on a road trip to Florida. The goal, to make as much money as possible dancing in strip clubs. Zola agrees, and she’s swept up in a hypnotic whirlwind of a trip that involves Stefani, her boyfriend Derrek (Nicholas Braun), and Stefani’s pimp, X (Coleman Domingo).

The original 148 Twitter thread has created such a buzz that we wanted to share some things we’re excited to see!

Taylor Paige’s Performance

In the trailer, viewers can already see the nuance and annoyance in Paige’s performance. Full of side-eyes, distressed looks, and agitation, we’re excited to see how Paige brings Zola to life on screen.

Zola Accepting Stefani’s Offer

One of the boggling factors of the story is how Zola accepts Stefani’s offer to go on a cross-country road trip with strangers. Seeing how that interaction went down is something we cannot wait to see!

The Infamous Fictional Murder

One of the more bizarre parts of the Twitter thread are the parts that were embellished. The real “Zola” included events that were confirmed to be fictional, or at least exaggerated, including a murder. It’s one of the more outlandish twists, and we wonder how it’ll play it out on the big screen.

Nicholas Braun As Derrek

And of course, who can forget about Cousin Greg? With a, absurd “We makin’ schmoney,” Nicholaus Braun has already made himself a highlight as Stefani’s dumb boyfriend.

ZOLA certainly has us excited, and we cannot wait to watch this wild ride. As we get closer to a summer release date, keep a watch out for more details!

Daniella Baltazar is a senior at Emerson College currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Media Arts Production with a minor in Global and Post-Colonial Studies. She is a spring 2021 intern for AfterBuzz TV and is hoping to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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