Jason Mitchell Joins Cast Of Forthcoming ‘Zola’ Twitter Saga Movie

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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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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.

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