First Trailer: A24’s “Zola”

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Over a year after it debuted to raves at the Sundance Film Festival, A24 has finally released trailer for the biographical dramedy “Zola” which opens this Summer.

The story centers on A’Ziah King, aka ZOLA, a Detroit waitress who strikes up a friendship with a customer, Stefani, over their shared love of pole dancing. Stefani seduces Zola to join in a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida.

The initially glamorous trip of ‘hoeism’ rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving Stefani’s violent and nameless pimp, her idiot boyfriend Derrek, a Tampa gangster and other unexpected adventures.

The project is based on the wild tale the titular woman revealed over the course of a Twitter thread in 2015. Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo and Jason Mitchell star.

Janicza Bravo helms from a script she co-wrote with Jeremy O. Harris. Dave Franco produces.

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