Actress Zoe Saldana (left) is to play jazz legend Nina Simone
Zoe Saldana, star of Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek and Colombiana is set to take the role of her lifetime as Nina Simone.
One of the most prolific jazz stars of the 1960s and 1970s, singer/songwriter/pianist Nina is famed for I Put a Spell on you, Love Me Or Leave Me and I’m Feeling Good. In short, a legend.
The film is called Nina and shooting is said to kick off on 16 October in Los Angeles. Singer Mary J Blige was reportedly up for the role initially.
The biopic is based on Simone's 1992 autobiography I Put A Spell On You and has been penned by Cynthia Mort, who has written for Will & Grace, Roseanne and US TV show Tell Me You Love Me. This looks like her biggest coup to date, though.
Whilst Zoe is one of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses, she’s been busy filling sci-fi and action-type roles. Personally, we can’t wait to see her show off her feminine side and - we’re guessing – her vocals talents.
British David Oyelowo (The Help, The Last King of Scotland) is set to star alongside Zoe as Nina’s manager Clifton Hendersen.
Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933 in North Carolina, recorded more than 40 albums before her death in 2003 at the age of 70. She became heavily involved in the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, but later relocated to France following tax issues.
With a blinding cast and, we’re sure, one hell of a soundtrack, this is one film to watch out for.