The estate of the late legendary soul & jazz singer Nina Simone is furious over Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone, saying Saldana looks nothing like the beloved singer.
According to sources, the estate, which runs the official Nina Simone twitter account, raged out at Saldana after she tweeted the following quote from Nina:
“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – No fear…I mean really, no fear.”
Simone’s twitter responded harshly and quickly, shooting back:
“Cool story but please take Nina’s name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life.”
With all the controversy over how white hollywood is, it does seem sad that a director would have to go to such extreme lengths to shape someone into Nina Simone, when there are so many talented African American actors who look much more like Nina Simone than Zoe Saldana does.
Tony Award winner Viola Davis, and the transcendent Uzo Aduba, from Orange Is The New Black, were both mentioned as better choices for the role of Nina.
There has been no word from Saldana, or her representation on the matter, and even though she can hardly be blamed for this upset, it seems better casting was in order.
Celebrity Fastcard Writer