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Jason Mitchell Joins Cast Of Forthcoming 'Zola' Twitter Saga Movie

Jason Mitchell, actor from 'The Chi,' has officially joined the cast of the 'Zola' movie.

Actor Jason Mitchell's year appears to be rounding out quite nicely. The Superfly star, who won over unfamiliar fans in Straight Outta Compton and then again in Mudbound, Detroit and Lena Waithe's The Chi, is tapped to take on a new role born on the Twitter timeline.

Remember the story of Zola, the stripper (real name Aziah Wells, then 20 years old) who took to her social media timeline to unload an epic 148-tweet tale of how a road trip down to Florida with a sex worker and others went awry? Well after the saga went viral enough for A24 to eventually back a film adaptation and set it into motion, Mitchell has been added on as a co-star.

Hit The Floor actress Taylour Paige was already plucked to play the lead role, Zola, in the wildly entertaining 2015 saga. Other names rounding out the cast include Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, and Nicholas Braun.


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Ups and downs, twists and turns, yet it’s a very beautiful life

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According to Deadline, the film adaptation will be directed by Janicza Bravo, based on a script penned alongside Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts. The crew is set to start production this fall. Originally, James Franco and Killer Films were reportedly going to adapt the feature as of earlier this year, but the reins then shifted to Bravo's hands.

We look forward to seeing which specific role Mitchell takes on as well as first-look images of all the actors in character.

READ MORE: Taylour Paige Cast In Epic Twitter-To-Movie Adaptation ‘Zola’

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T.I. Compares Nipsey Hussle's Death To The Avengers Losing Iron Man

People are still trying to make sense of Nipsey Hussle's untimely death. T.I. recently attempted to put his death into perspective by comparing Nip's death to a loss within pop culture.

According to T.I., losing Nipsey was like losing Iron Man in the latest Avengers movie. The rapper was on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on May 22, when he made the revelation.

“Everybody knows that Nipsey was pretty much the founder of the idea to bring everyone together who, you know, may individually be able to do great things and make a significant impact on their own in their communities,” he said. “But for us to come together, we can impact so, so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”

T.I. was reportedly on the Hill alongside Charlamagne Tha God and legislators to discuss a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that provides incentives for new businesses in disadvantaged areas. He noted that Hussle was the one who told him about programs that "benefit and revitalize the underserved areas of society that we all come from."

"We’re like the ‘Avengers’ of investment," he added.

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In 'Queen Sugar' Season 4, Nova Bordelon Will Be The Center Of Controversy

Ava DuVernay is fully in her season. With her series retelling the tale of the Central Park Five, entitled When They See Us, currently tugging on heartstrings on Netflix, the director still has more heat in the canon. Enter the Oprah Winfrey Network star, Queen Sugar, which is preparing to enter its fourth season.

In the trailer for the show's anticipated summer return, we see that Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), the headstrong journalist and community activist will stir up some raw emotions within her family when she releases an extremely transparent book. The memoir makes public a host of long-held family secrets about her parents, siblings Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and their extensions that Nova feels—against their approval, of course—is essential for community healing.


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Season Four officially premieres on June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Watch the full Queen Sugar trailer up top.

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Five-Part Tupac Documentary Series In The Works

Tupac Shakur's estate has entered an agreement with famed director Allen Hughes to produce a thorough documentary on the former's life, Deadline reports. Hughes inked a deal with the slain rapper's holders that'll feature content of poetry and never-before-heard recordings. Per the news site, it's being described as "the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate."

Hughes and Tupac's working relationship goes back to the '90s. Alongside his brother Albert Hughes, they directed Tupac's "Brenda's Got a Baby" music video. From there, they prepared to have the actor star in their debut film, Menace II Society, as Sharif (played by Vonte Sweet). However, Allen Hughes and Tupac engaged in a dispute which resulted in the former sustaining injuries from the latter's entourage. As a result, Tupac served 15 days in jail and later declined to be part of the film. Reports state Tupac wanted the role to be more substantial.

In a 2013 interview with MTV News, Hughes stated Tupac's impact during that time would've eclipsed the film. “If ‘Pac had been in the movie he would’ve outshined everyone," Hughes said. “It would’ve thrown the whole axis of the movie off if Tupac was in it, because he was bigger than the movie.”

Hughes recently directed The Defiant Ones that pinned a spotlight on music industry executive Jimmy Iovine and pivotal producer Dr. Dre's business acumen. Details on his latest venture are still forthcoming.

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