Some Nina Simone fans are upset over the recent casting choice for her biopic. Last month, I read that actress Zoe Saldana had replaced singer Mary J. Blige for the lead role in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. A “scheduling conflict” with MJB has been suspiciously cited as the cause. Anyway, Hollywood insider site Shadow & Act has read the script and says it is a love story based on Simone’s 1992 autobiography I Put a Spell on You and centers around her relationship with a younger man.
Needless to say, many who heard about the switch weren’t too happy.