Do you Know about Zola; Plot, Review and Production?

Inspired by the unique platform “Zola”, it has become a must-watch movie. It is a 2020 American black comedy film based on Aziah “Zola” King's famous Twitter thread and David Kushner's Rolling Stone piece “Zola Tells All: The True Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.”

Taylor Paige plays Zola, a part-time stripper who is encouraged to come to Tampa, Florida, by a new acquaintance (Riley Keough) in order to make money. Colman Domingo, Nicholas Braun, and Ari'el Stachel also star in the film.

The film made its international premiere on January 24, 2020, at the Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed in the United States by A24 on June 30, 2021, after a year delay due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The critical response to the film was overwhelmingly good.

Zola was expected to gross $2–4 million in its first weekend in the United States and Canada from 1,468 theatres. On its first day of release, the film grossed $505,000, and on its second, it grossed $282,000 dollars. 

It went on to gross $1.2 million in its first weekend and $2 million during the five-day period, putting it in ninth place at the box office. In its second weekend, the film dropped 48 percent to $620,000, placing it in tenth place.

What Zola is About: Plot

While serving Stefani, an outgoing and brash fellow stripper, Aziah “Zola” King, a self-assured waitress and part-time stripper in Detroit, meets her. Stefani invites Zola to dance with her that night at a club, and the two quickly become friends.

The next day, Stefani invites Zola to accompany her on a road trip to Tampa, Florida, where she promises the two can make a lot of money at a strip club. On a road trip, Zola meets Stefani, her enigmatic roommate, X, and Stefani's shy boyfriend, Derrek.

Gwen Stefani, Zola, and X arrive in Tampa; they leave Derrek at a shabby motel and go to a bar where Stefani claims her friends earned almost $5,000 in one night. The two go on a show at the club, but they don't make nearly as much money as Stefani predicted. 

Following that, Zola discovers that Stefani and X have used images of her and Stefani in a Backpage ad for a night of sex with them. Zola tries to flee but is stopped by X, who turns out to be Stefani's pimp.

Production of the Movie Zola

Aziah “Zola” King, a Detroit waitress, posted a 148-tweet thread about a trip she took to Florida with a stripper named Jessica in October 2015. 

Missy Elliott, Solange Knowles, and Ava DuVernay were among those who watched the video, which included details of prostitution, murder and attempted suicide.

While the article found some contradictions in the claims, and King has admitted to inflating some of the more sensational elements, the majority of those involved have admitted to the broad substance of the storey.

It was announced in February 2016 that James Franco would direct the picture, which will be based on a script by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, and Kara Baker will produce the picture under their separate Rabbit Bandini Productions, Killer Films, and Gigi films Films. 

The film was originally scheduled to begin shooting in February 2018. However, it was postponed due to sexual misconduct claims against Franco. In June 2018, it was revealed that Janicza Bravo will replace Franco as director of the picture, with A24 handling distribution. Taylor Paige was cast in the starring role in the film in October 2018.

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