Family Simone replied on Twitter to Zoe’s tweet which quoted Nina: “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” This came as a response to Zoe’s tweet: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me- No Fear… I mean really, no fear.”
Prior to this, at Nina’s Facebook page a fan suggested that the movie “Nina” should be published on 22 April – the day when many of her fans listen to Nina Simone.”We can use this day as another opportunity to celebrate Nina’s birthday and music. Let’s make a positive from a negative so that we can come together and recognize authentic Nina Simone”, says the post.
After years and years of work, a biographical film in which Zoe Saldana interpret the famous singer arrives in theaters this spring. The film “Nina” focuses on the relationship of the deceased singer with her manager Clifton Henderson played by the star of the film “Selm” David Oyelowo. In the trailer you can see Simone struggling to get her career back on track and her struggle with alcohol and the fight for human rights. In 2010, Mary J. Blige was to play Nina Simone but gave up due to problems with her scheduling.
Zoe Saldana had to darkened skin for the role. This is not the first time her family is not satisfied with the way director want to portrait Nina. “The addition of Zoe Saldana to the casting — for me — was only a further example of how much this project really just veered away from what the truth was.” These are the words of her daughter for Huffington Post last year.
Saldana gave her opinion last year on this subject for InStyle saying: “I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree, but then again, I don’t think Elizabeth Taylor was right for Cleopatra either. An artist is colorless, genderless … It’s more complex than just, ‘Oh, you chose the Halle Berry look-alike to play a dark, strikingly beautiful, iconic black woman.’ The truth is, they chose an artist who was willing to sacrifice herself. We needed to tell her story because she deserves it.”