Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone: Heavy Criticism Follows Biopic’s Trailer

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Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone – A trailer has been released for the biopic of African-American singer Nina Simone, and it has drawn widespread criticism.

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone
Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

The criticism comes from the face that Simone is being played by actress Zoe Saldana, who is Dominican and Puerto Rican by birth.

Simone’s daughter, Kelly, had criticized the decision when it was first announced in 2012, saying: “I love Zoe Saldana, we all love Zoe… From Avatar to Colombiana, I’ve seen those movies a few times. But not every project is for everybody. And I know what my mother would think. I just don’t get it…”

Following the release of the trailer, Nina Simone’s Twitter account tweeted it’s displeasure at it.

Saldana had last year admitted that she didn’t think she was a perfect fit for the role, but added, “I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either… An artist is colourless, genderless…”

Only yesterday, Saldana had tweeted a Nina Simone quote, but the official account had shut her down once again.

What do you think? Should a Hispanic actress play an African-American legend? Watch the trailer for Nina below.



Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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