The upcoming biopic Nina has been getting a lot of criticism that doesn’t seem to be going away. It all started when Zoe Saldana was cast to play Nina Simone and fans, as well as family of Simone, didn’t take it well. Images and a trailer were released, which drew even more reactions.
.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.
— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
Someone in charge of the official Nina Simone Twitter account had some words to say to Saldana about after quoting the late singer. Saldana tweeted the quote from Simone that states “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me- No Fear… I mean really, no fear.” The official twitter account went on to reply to the tweet by saying “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” That’s awkward.
Many have given other options for actresses who could portray Simone. Here’s a few we think are worth noting.