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Lora • Oct.09, 2018 • 0 Comments

COLLIDER – Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) are set to join up-and-comer Taylour Paige in A24’s stripper saga Zola, Collider has exclusively learned.

Zola chronicles the sordid tale of 20-year-old stripper Aziah Wellsrose, aka Zola, whose story of a wild two-day adventure with a sex worker, the sex worker’s boyfriend and a pimp went viral on social media in 2015, drawing the attention of celebrities such as Ava DuVernay, Missy Elliot, Keke Palmer and Solange Knowles.

Keough will play the sex worker, and Nicholas Braun is being eyed to play her doting, bipolar boyfriend. Domingo will play the charming-yet-violent pimp, according to sources. Zola seems like a cool project for all these actors, as A24 believes it to be “a defining and legendary entry in the deeply American road trip genre,” which indicates a great deal of confidence in the project.

Janicza Bravo (Lemon) is directing from a script by playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts, based on the Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.” James Franco was previously attached to direct the film, and he’s expected to retain a producer credit on Zola, which heads into production this fall.

A24 held a nationwide casting search for Zola, with Bravo discovering Paige in a coffee shop a year before her official audition, which saw her beat out 700 other actresses.

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Lora • Oct.09, 2018 • 0 Comments

DEADLINE – Netflix has committed to finance and release The Laundromat, the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama about the Panama Papers scandal. David Schwimmer has just joined a killer cast led by Oscar-winning Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman, The Post‘s Meryl Streep and Life Itself‘s Antonio Banderas. Other cast circling include Will Forte and Earthquake Bird‘s Riley Keough. The film has a script by Scott Z. Burns, based on the Jake Bernstein book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. Producers are Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Burns and Topic Studios. Douglas Urbanski is exec producer.

Deadline first revealed the project back at Cannes and noted then that Netflix was hot and heavy in pursuit. This after Netflix previously set a movie on the scandal by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who broke the story and wrote the book Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money.

Schwimmer will play Matthew Quirk, an attorney who speaks on behalf of one of the insurance companies after 20 elderly passengers die on a boating excursion. The boating company learned its insurance isn’t the large company it thought it was, but merely just a P.O. box in Nevis. Quirk would eventually kill himself after seeing no way out of the liability situation, but the incident triggers lawyers, government officials, and more to track down these shell companies. Those investigations lead to the laundering geniuses at the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, who created hundreds of thousands of “companies” to help the wealthy avoid paying taxes. Reams of documents were leaked from Mossack Fonseca in April by an anonymous whistleblower that bared embarrassing details on investments and money trails from politicians the world over, meant to evade taxes.

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