Zoe Saldana To Play Singer Nina Simone In Biopic
Although Mary J. Blige had originally been slated to play the lead in a biopic based on the life of Nina Simone, her face will not be the one we’ll see once the project finally makes it to the big screen. Reportedly, actress Zoe Saldana has stepped in to portray the legendary musician in the movie, which will finally begin filming in October. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Zoe Saldana has come aboard to star as the iconic singer in Nina, while David Oyelowo will star as her manager, Clifton Henderson.
Cynthia Mort wrote the script and has been attached as director for several years, even as Mary J. Blige came onto the project as star then moved on due to funding issues.
Those issues appear to be finally settled as the movie is due to begin production Oct. 16 in Los Angeles.”
Along with being a musician, Nina was a staunch civil rights activist. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the North Carolina native used her music to openly address the racial inequality that was prevalent in the United States for the first time with the song “Mississippi Goddam”, her response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. She went on to speak at many civil rights gatherings, including the Selma to Montgomery marches. During that period, a civil rights message was standard in Simone’s recording repertoire.
What do you think of Zoe as Nina??