Nina Simone‘s daughter has made it known that she’s not too keen on the idea of Zoe Saldana portraying her mother in an upcoming biopic. But what good is pointing out the problem without offering up a solution?
Simone is naming names.
In a recent interview with EBONY.com, the late singer’s only child tells writer dream hampton her vision for the much-talked-about biopic and how she feels about not having a voice in the project.
Her thoughts on Zoe Saldana being cast…
“I love Zoe Saldana’s work. I’ve seen some of her movies more than once and really enjoy what she brings to the screen. As an actress I respect her process, but I also know that there are many actresses out there, known or not, who would be great as my mother. The one actress that I’ve had in my heart for a very long time, whose work I’m familiar with already, is Kimberly Elise. Many people have spoken to me about Viola. I love her look. I love her energy. Both of the actresses that I’ve mentioned are women of color, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft. I also have no problem introducing someone we’ve never heard of before who can play my mother.”
On having little input on the film…
“I’ve been asking myself that question. How does that happen? As I said on my blog, when the announcement came out approximately six years ago that Mary J. Blige had been cast to play Nina Simone, I heard it along with everyone else and I was very concerned. How does someone just decide to do a story about someone and completely bypass family? Completely bypass her representatives? We offered to get involved with all the stuff that we have, from the music, to the pictures, to her writings, to connecting them with the stories of many people who were close to my mother, and we were ignored.”
Read the entire interview at EBONY.com!