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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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