Over three years ago, the first pictures of Zoe Saldana filming the Nina Simone biopic came out and some people’s eyeballs are probably still recovering from the hard side-eye they threw at that mess. Zoe’s skin was painted darker and she was wearing the fake nose that Nicole Kidman wear in The Hours. To quote my mom when a 10-year-old me came out of my room wearing a Body Glove tank top and shiny biker shorts under jean cut-offs: “That’s not a good look.” She actually said, “Why are you wearing my cut-offs?“, but that didn’t really work with this post.
Nina Simone’s daughter, Simone (born name: Lisa Celeste Stroud), gave a thumbs down to everything about the movie. Simone gave a thumbs down to the biopic itself, because the director Cynthia Mort never asked any of Nina’s family members to participate in it. Simone also gave a thumbs down to the casting of Zoe Saldana as her mother. That movie got bad press before it even finished filming. That happened 3 years ago. I figured that the studio was like, “Err, what Nina Simone biopic? We don’t know what you’re talking about,” before throwing a sheet over the copies of it collecting dust on a shelf. But nope, it’s actually going to be released.
A trailer came out today and well…. David Oyelowo looks hot in it.
UPDATE: I think it’s safe to say that whoever runs Nina Simone’s official Twitter account is not going to buy a ticket to see that movie.
.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.
— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016