‘Zola’ Trailer: Riley Keough And Taylour Paige Bring A Wild Twitter Thread To Life

We’ve seen Twitter accounts become TV shows, so why can’t a Twitter thread become a movie? That’s where we are now, heaven help us, and incredibly true, bizarre story by A’Ziah King became the Sundance sensation, Zola, starring Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Riley Keough (Logan Lucky) with Janicza Bravo (Lemon) behind the camera. It’s a story of trashy hoes being trashy to one another, wild road trips, betrayal, stupid ass boyfriends, and pimps who look like Colman Domingo. And you just know Florida fits into this equation somehow.

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

Yes we do.

Here’s the synopsis: 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.

The cast does indeed include Colman Domingo, reuniting with Paige after Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, along with Jason Mitchell, Ari’el Stachel, and Nicholas Braun.

A24 currently has Zola set for release on June 30th, but the trailer simply says “this summer.” We’ll see if something changes, but expect this to be one of the buzziest indie releases of the year.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.