The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Taylour Paige has been cast in the lead role for A24’s drama film Zola.
The film is based on twenty-year-old Aziah Wells aka Zola, who rose to internet stardom in 2015 when she chronicled, one hundred and forty characters at a time, a wild forty-eight hour odyssey with an exotic dancer, the dancer’s boyfriend and a pimp.
Taylour Paige’s credits include Hit The Floor and White Boy Rick. When the project was in early development, James Franco was attached to direct and produce, but now Janicza Bravo will be helming the feature.
Upon casting Taylour Paige, Janicza Bravo had this to say:
I’m at a coffee shop in L.A. and in walks this girl. I’m entranced and can’t stop staring. It’s the way she sits in her body. It’s agency. It’s self-possession … everything that drew me to telling this story. One year later she auditions, and I knew instantly — like, I knew it then: After seeing 700 girls, the one meant to be finally walked in.
A24 released a statement adding:
Zola is an iconic, iconoclastic role, and Taylour and Janicza are exactly the people to bring the character to life. We’re thrilled to be working with them on this too-real-to-be-true saga, a defining and legendary entry in the deeply American road trip genre.
Bravo wrote the screenplay alongside playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts.
Zola is scheduled to commence shooting this fall.