The official Zola movie trailer is here, and it’’s a wild ride.
You no doubt remember the viral 2015 Twitter thread from Aziah Wells King, a.k.a. Zola. It was everywhere, but if you need a refresher: In the thread King explained how she agreed to travel to Florida with a stripper she just met, the stripper’s boyfriend, and her roommate for a spontaneous “hoe trip.” Zola thought she was going down there to dance—but this new friend had other plans.
This jaw-dropping real-life story was begging to be made into a movie, and now we’re getting one—starring Taylour Paige as Zola and Riley Keough as her new friend, Stefani. Outlets like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and IndieWire gave the movie rave reviews following a showing at the Sundance Film Festival. And now fans are getting their first look: A full-length trailer dropped on March 31. Watch it for yourself, below.
From this trailer alone, it’s clear the Zola movie has all the twists and turns that made the Twitter thread go viral. Fans are already obsessed. “Oh man that Zola preview. It’s nice to look forward to movies again,” one person wrote.
“I was there for all the love Zola tweets it was exhilarating I wanna see the movie,” another person posted.
Paige recently shed some light on why the movie took years to develop. “I did a tape for it. And I am a big believer in ‘rejection is protection’ because I read the script and, I have to be honest, I wasn’t as inspired by it. But it did trigger me to ask my agent, ‘Hey, whatever happened to that Zola script?’” she explained to Entertainment Tonight. “She was like, ‘Actually, they got a new director and writer.’ And I was like, ‘That would have been interesting information!’ Because the original script I read, it was inherently racist and sexist.”
She added, “Like, very much they took the tweets and just made up some B.S. So by the time I got the new script, it was Janicza [Bravo] and Jeremy O. Harris, and they’re just geniuses.” (Bravo directed the film and cowrote it with Harris.)
The Zola movie hits theaters this summer.