Brace yourselves. The trailer for the highly anticipated Zola has finally arrived, and it looks just about as out of control as we could have ever imagined.
Directed by Janicza Bravo and co-written by Jeremy O. Harris, Zola debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2020 and has caught the attention of critics everywhere. The reason? The film is based on two strippers who have just met, and embark on the most derailed-sounding road trip of all time, based on a real-life Twitter thread dubbed #TheStory that was posted in 2015. In a string of 148 tweets, a Detroit waitress Aziah “Zola” Wells recounted a staggering story of a trip to Florida that went horribly wrong, which in itself takes the reader on the journey of a lifetime. Long but full of suspense truly sums it up.
Bravo and O. Harris penned the script based on the lengthy and wild story, which stars Taylour Paige as Zola and Riley Keough as 'Stefani' and tells the story of two girls who meet in a diner and bond over dancing. When Stefani texts Zola the next day inviting her to Florida to make some extra money and she accepts, things take a turn when the trip is not exactly what she expects. All we can say is, buckle. Up.
Said to be a "triumph" by Jezebel’s Cate Young, the critic wrote, “Bravo and her team transform the famed series of tweets into an of-the-moment film that captures the same frenetic energy of the story”, while The Playlist’s Jessica Kiang dubbed it “empowering, saddening, amusing and aggravating in roughly equal measure”.
Vaguely reminiscent of s A24's Spring Breakers, but with the grit and vigour of a Tarantino film, the trailer is finally out to see for yourself how Bravo's vision of the tweets plays out on-screen. The film is set to hit US cinemas on June 30, 2021.
Watch the full trailer, below.