Word is, Zoe Saldana will be taking on the role of Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic film about the legendary singer, jazz musician and classical pianist.
Originally, Mary J. Blige announced she’d be taking on the starring role as Nina, but now that has all changed.
The film entitled ‘Nina’ is based on the singer’s 1992 autobiography ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and will focus on the relationship between Nina Simone and her assistant Paris based manager, Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo.
The project has now secured a budget and will begin shooting in Los Angeles on October 16 (2012). Saldana has been cast as Simone, while former Spooks star David Oyelowo will play Clifton Henderson, the singer’s assistant and eventual lover.
Nina Simone [daughter of a North Carolina preacher] recorded more than 40 albums before passing away in 2003 at the age of 70. She became heavily involved in the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, but later relocated to France following tax issues.