India Arie Blasts Zoe Saldana Over Nina Simone Film

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  • Zoe Saldana won’t get enough criticism about taking the role of Nina Simone.

    Now songstress India.Arie went in on the controversial situation, which is being slapped all over the blogosphere.

    When asked what she thought about the casting choice, she said it wasn’t her place to judge. However, when she saw the images, she went off in a letter posted on

    “Yes there should be a movie made, and yes they should have chosen someone who looks like Nina Simone, especially since her race played such a pivotal role in who, what and why, she was,” India said, adding that the make up and whole giddup looks straight up “weird.”

    “Does not the one Nina Simone legacy deserve better than this? If they were going to pick a person who looks nothing like Nina Simone … why not her daughter Simone *shrug* just saying …” she proposed.

    She likened the snippets of what she’s seen of the filmmaking process to a parody and explained that they make her feel “sad.”

    What about India playing the role?

    Well, allegedly there’s been chatter about that in the past, but nothing ever came up. However, despite the ridicule she released via the letter, the singer is open to the possibility that Zoe was spiritually called to play the role.

    She concluded her message saying “Viola Davis should be playing Nina Simone.”


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    2 thoughts on “India Arie Blasts Zoe Saldana Over Nina Simone Film

    1. I’m going to see the film before passing judgment. People critiqued Beyonce when she played Etta in Cadillac Records; I thought she did an excellent job. I thought that someone other than Diana Ross should have played Billie Holiday. I don’t make Hollywood casting decisions so take a “wait and see” attitude.

    2. It would be nice to see India Arie play the role. They should find someone who can not only resemble her, but sing from the depth of her experiences. Unfortunately, Hollywood will sometimes go with the box office draw instead of a physically similar or dramatic actor.
      I read somewhere that the movie is not quite an adaptation of her entire life, but an angle from purchased memoirs regarding a love affair with a latino. I believe this is the reason the family was not consulted on the choice.
      Next George Clooney will be cast as Martin Luther King, or Kim Kardashian as Celie in a Color Purple remake.

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