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MovieBlog: Though she’s juggling some major projects with “Star Trek 2” and the “Avatar” sequels, Zoe Saldana has decided to board the long in-development Nina Simone biopic, “Nina.”

The news came from It’s On The Grid, who posted the casting development and nothing else. It’s unclear whether Saldana will play Simone herself or another character in the movie. Mary J. Blige was previously attached as the lead but has seemingly since departed the project. Saldana certainly has the star power for the leading role, but she seems a bit young to play the jazz singer the way the filmmakers want her to be played.

According to a plot synopsis posted by The Playlist, “Nina” will tell the story of Simone’s relationship with her assistant, Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), that occurred in her later years. That’s why Saldana’s inclusion is curious, as the 34-year-old certainly isn’t old enough to play an older version of the jazz singer and civil rights activist.  Read more

Do you think Zoe is a good look-a-like as Nina Simone? Does her lighter skin and thin features compliment Nina Simone’s voluptuous figure and african features?