Taylour Paige Tapped to Play Twitter Icon Zola

Taylour Paige Tapped to Play Twitter Icon Zola

Hollywood's first adaptation of a meme will star a reigning V Girl.

Hollywood's first adaptation of a meme will star a reigning V Girl.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

If there’s one thing that Hollywood has taught us by remaking A Star Is Born three times, it’s that “Hair, Body, Face” is an instant classic. But if there’s another thing it’s taught us, it’s that those of us who inhabit the mortal coil of non-celebrity will forever be fascinated by the star-making process—whether it’s 1937 (when the original Janet Gaynor version came out) or 2018.

But unlike in 1937, today one hardly needs acting and/or singing and/or dancing skills to become a star. In fact, thanks to Twitter, one doesn't even need a corporeal identity. Case in point: Zola, a Twitter persona born in 2015 when her florid account of a scuffle between a Florida pimp and his female employee, Jessica, went viral. “Drama, humor, action, suspense, character development. There’s so much untapped talent in the hood,” tweeted director Ava Duvernay of the 150-tweet blow-by-blow at the time.

Until a subsequent Rolling Stone profile, no one knew that the person behind Zola was then-20-year-old Aziah Wells—a Detroit waitress who had gone to Florida for a stripping gig to make ends meet. Then, Wells more or less slipped back into anonymity. But now, in what may be the first Hollywood adaptation of a meme, A24 has announced production on a film adaptation of Wells’s life.

The film will star actress, dancer and newly annointed V Girl Taylour Paige. While it’s not clear how involved Wells will be in the filmmaking process, it’s clear Paige, who starred in White Boy Rick alongside Matthew McConaughey this fall, is committed to unconventional storytelling. “I want to help shift consciousness. We’re over this patriarchal society telling us how we’re going to do things,” she told us.

The film will be directed by Janicza Bravo (Lemon, Dear White People) and will begin production this fall.       

PHOTOGRAPHY: MILOS NADAZDIN STYLING: YANA KAMPS

       

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