The biblical story of Jesus is considered by many “the greatest story ever told”. In fact, it is so much so that there was a whole movie about the big J titled The Greatest Story Ever Told. Well, if there were a Twitter equivalent of the greatest story ever told, it would definitely be the Janicza Bravo-directed Zola (opening in theaters June 30).
The synopsis of the A24 film based on the real-life tweets from A’Ziah-Monae “Zola” King that captivated the world reads: “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.”
Bravo co-wrote the film with Jeremy O. Harris and the pair used the aforementioned epic viral 148-Twitter thread as well as David Kushner’s Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” — and it is an epic saga indeed.
The story follows Zola (Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, who befriends Stefani (Riley Keough) while at work. Stefani seduces Zola to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. Sounds fun, right? At first, the glamorous trip of “hoeism” is fun and then it just spirals 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.
Bravo stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to take us on a Zola journey and how the Twitter thread presented a new kind of narrative for film. Listen to the episode below.
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