Taylour Paige Cast As The Lead In The Viral Twitter Story, Zola
I have to admit that once I learned that Aziah Wells’ “Zola Story” was going to be based on David Kushner’s Rolling Stone article as opposed to Wells’ 148-tweet story, I had concerns about them White-washing the film. And to be honest, I’m not all the way appeased. But the recent casting of the lead character, Zola, has put at least some of those fears to rest.
According to Shadow and Act, Taylour Paige, known for her role in “Hit The Floor” has been cast as Zola, the star of the saga involving strippers, sex workers, African pimps and dysfunctional relationships.
In addition to this casting choice, I find reassurance in the fact that director Janicza Bravo, known for her work on “Atlanta,” and “Dear White People,” will direct the film titled Zola.
James Franco was once attached to the project as a producer and director when it was first announced in 2016. But now he is no longer associated. I wonder if it has anything to do with his sexual harassment and assault allegations.
Bravo along with A24, the entertainment company behind Moonlight went on a nationwide search to cast the lead role. It brought them to Paige.
Bravo said, “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 had this to say about Paige, “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.”
Production on the film is set to begin this fall.