So, the Nina Simone biopic is in full effect. Filming has started and today we get our first look at Zoe Saldana as the late, great jazz singer. She’s wearing tons of make-up to darken her skin, as well as facial prosthetics (for her nose), and, necessarily, an afro wig. Now I’ve already ranted and raved about this casting choice (and the disturbing racial implications thereof) and I am not going back to that dark place, lol. Plus, all my Facebook friends are pretty much taking care of that for me. This movie is happening y’all. Peep the gallery for more and click inside for a few more deets and a really fantastic interview with Nina Simone‘s daughter that PITNBR muchacha sent me.
I’d already heard that Nina Simone‘s daughter Simone Kelly wasn’t pleased and in this piece with CBC radio comes right out and says that her mother is ‘rolling over in her grave right now’ over the casting choice. That sounds about right:
Now– from what I understand from my good friend’s hubby (who’s a producer)– it’s a very small film by a first-time director, and it’s not expected to get picked up by the major studios… although that doesn’t make the casting decision okay. Still, she kinda looks like Nina in those photos. Kinda. I mean, I guess they did their best. But I’m still not excited for this movie that I will totally watch, if only to get my hateration on… and I honestly do hope that Saldana pulls off some kind of insane performance that makes me put my foot in my mouth.
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