Nina Simone’s Daughter Speak Out About Her Mother Biopic
It has been buzzing all over social media for weeks now and things seemed to get a little heated between Zoe Saldana and Nina Simone’s estate. The upcoming Nina Simone biopic, titled Nina, has chosen actress Zoe Saldana to portray the iconic singer and activist. Not everyone is excited about this selection and opinions have been shared freely on social media. Even the estate of Nina Simone was not happy about the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina. Ms. Simone’s estate shared there dissatisfaction through a tweet.
.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.
— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
It was later reveled that noon for Nina Simone’s family is responsible for the tweet, but a friend of the family who was hired to run her social media account sent it.
While there are many people who feel there are other actresses who would be more qualified to play Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana has her supporters. Robert L. Johnson, the founder of RLJ Entertainment the company that distributing the film, stood in Saldana’s defense saying “Zoë Saldana delivers an exceptional and mesmerizing tribute to Nina Simone.” Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly also spoke on behalf of Saldana. “It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies,” Lisa Simone Kelly stated.
Although she is not blaming Sladana, Kelly seems to be unhappy with Saldana’s appearance in the film, as she wears a prosthetic nose and uses make up to darken her skin. The entire project does not sit well with Kelly. “There are many superb actresses of color who could more adequately represent my mother and could bring her to the screen with the proper script, the proper team and a sense of wanting to bring the truth of my mother’s journey to the masses,” Simone Kelly said. “And Nina, in my opinion, doesn’t do any of that.”
The film is scheduled to be released on April 22.