First Look: Zoe Saldana as “Nina Simone” + Nina’s Daughter & Family Disapproves of Biopic
Oh, no… this is all kinds of wrong.
Nina Simone was a beautiful gifted singer, and despite the makeup, accessories and computerized tricks, actress Zoe Saldana doesn’t seem to capture Simone’s magic. Maybe I need to see another picture of Saldana as Simone, but to be quite honest, I think someone else fitting for the role should have been picked.
I liked a couple of films I’ve seen Saldana in, but again, I can’t see it here and Nina Simone’s daugther, Simone (born as Lisa Celeste Stroud), agrees. Simone, if you did not know, is an accomplished Broadway actress (Lion’s King, Aida, Rent) and vocalist…why wasn’t she picked to play her mother beats me because Simone would be perfect for the role since she is her mother’s daughter.
Hollywood, I tell you….
Simone sat down with Ebony Magzine not too long ago to discuss the upcoming biopic of her mother, the late Nina Simone. A biopic that was not authorized by the family and they’re furious.
Simone, like me, would like to see actress Viola Davis portray her mother instead of Saldana. Davis is a person I can see playing Nina not only because of her features, but because of the fact I think she’s an overall better actress than Saldana. No shade, no offense, just my honest opinion. I believe Davis can capture that magic of Nina’s I was referring to earlier in this post.
Simone also stated she would like to see actress Kimberly Elise take on the role as well… both great choices and I hope the director, Cynthia Mort, changes her mind….
Read the interview below.