The official trailer of the highly anticipated movie Zola was released on the official A24 YouTube account on Wednesday morning.
The film is based on a thread of 148 tweet written by Aziah King in 2015, which was then adapted into a Rolling Stone article entitled Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.
The upcoming feature film follows a waitress who befriends a sex worker and then goes on a road trip across the country before getting involved in Florida’s criminal underworld.
Let everyone see: The official trailer for Zola was released on A24’s official YouTube account on Wednesday morning
The trailer opens with a shot of Zola, played by Taylour Paige, turning upside down before Stefani, played by Riley Keough, suggests the two are going on a road trip after just meeting.
As the two walk down a hallway together, the 30-year-old actress recounts, “ Want to hear a story about how me and this bitch fell out? It’s quite long, but full of excitement. ‘
While standing face to face in a restaurant, Paige’s 31-year-old costar asks if she would like to take her on a trip before the landscape turns into a strip club.
A prayer circle is then shown in the hall’s dressing area, where a dancer requests that many customers be sent their way.
True Story: The upcoming movie is based on a 148 tweet thread written by Aziah ‘Zola’ King in 2015 that quickly went viral
Source Material: The story also includes notes from a Rolling Stone article entitled Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted
While the circle leader asks to send people with ‘culture’, Colman Domingo, who portrays X, is seen during a tense moment.
His counterpart Derrek, played by Nicholas Braun, is then asked by a person in a liquor store why he came to Florida, to which he replies that he is ‘making money’.
After Zola encourages viewers to “ watch every move of this b ****, ” referring to Stefani, the character is seen in multiple situations during a quick montage of clips.
The two friends then dance together in a strip club and are showered with dollar bills, much to their entertainment.
Main Actresses: Zola plays Taylour Paige in the title role, with Riley Keough playing her boyfriend Stefani
Share the screen: The feature also stars Colman Domingo and Nicholas Braun in supporting roles
Plotline: Zola follows the story of a waitress who befriends a sex worker and takes a road trip across the country before ending up in the criminal underworld of Florida
However, Zola is surprised to see an ad on a prostitution-focused website showing her face along with her boyfriend’s; in a sinister sounding voice X then says: “I have a very nice place for you girls.”
The waitress turned stripper then explodes at her boyfriend, exclaiming, ‘This is messy! You’re messy! Your brain is broken! ‘
During a tense conversation, Derrek asks Zola if she enjoys the lifestyle she’s been forced into before replying, “Does it seem like I came for this?”
Afterwards, Stefani is seen kissing X while celebrating a good payday; the criminal then throws a handful of dollar bills at her friend, who remains unemotional.
In her own words, during the trailer opening, Zola notes that the story is about ‘how me and this b **** fell out’, referring to Stefani
Keep a close eye: the main character then advises viewers to “ watch every move of this b **** ” for the duration of the movie
The stars of the movie then talk to each other in a bathroom where Zola says to her boyfriend, “I don’t f *** with you anymore,” to which Keough’s character replies, “I’m not doing anything wrong.”
When the main character tells X that she has come to Florida only “to dance”, he remarks “we’re done with that,” after which he brazenly holds her by the arm as he hurries down an empty hallway.
Another montage shows clips of a crime in progress, and Domingo’s character is seen holding a gun in one hand and a large bag in the other.
Tension rises: during the trailer, the two main characters slowly fall out while they fall deeper into a criminal lifestyle
Falling out: Towards the end of the trailer, Zola tells her former boyfriend, ‘I don’t f *** with you anymore’
The trailer ends with Zola and Stefani having a conversation about why they message each other through various social media sites, repeatedly calling each other ‘sis’.
The upcoming movie was directed by Janicza Bravo, who is known for her work on a variety of television series, including Atlanta and Forever.
Zola premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received widespread critical acclaim for its storytelling and acting performance.
The feature’s wide release is scheduled for June 30.
Future release: Zola will make its wide-ranging debut on June 30; it previously premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival