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Zola, the Twitter-thread-turned-movie, is now a book

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Zola, the biographical comedy drama from director Janicza Bravo, based mostly on the wildly fashionable Twitter thread by Aziah “Zola” King and starring Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Riley Keough (Under The Silver Lake), is set to be launched in theaters on June 30.

The viral story, which in King’s personal phrases is “type of lengthy however filled with suspense,” was a cross-country weekend journey from hell stuffed with intercourse, medication, a Nigerian pimp, and a lot drama that it was colloquially nicknamed “The Thotyssey” again when King first penned the sprawling 148-tweet opus in 2015. In the lead as much as the movie’s premiere, A24 is publishing a particular hardbound novelette model of the authentic Twitter thread, full with shiny purple trim pages and lavish splash pages of the story’s most memorable (see: wacky) passages.

a two-page spread from A24’s hardcover book version of the Zola Twitter thread

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Based on David Kushner’s 2015 Rolling Stones profile of Aziah “Zola” King, the movie follows stripper Zola (Taylour Paige) as she embarks one a street journey to Florida with Stefani, a stripper-turned-call woman with ulterior motives. What begins as a benign weekend getaway to make some fast money rapidly morphs into a weird funhouse journey of horror, homicide, and suspense. Polygon’s Matt Patches was in a position to catch Zola throughout the movie’s premiere finally yr’s Sundance, describing it as, “the product of a new era of filmmakers, late-age millennial auteurs who don’t have to bow right down to the previous and accept pastiche,” and evaluating it favorably to the likes of the Safdie Brother’s Uncut Gems and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell.

The book model will probably be obtainable for buy June 16 on the A4 web site.

Zola premieres in theaters June 30.

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