Hollywood starlet, Zoe Saldana is in talks to play barrier-breaking black entertainer, Eartha Kitt.
No stranger to playing real-life people – her upcoming biopic about Nina Simone‘s life and career is without a release date.
In fact, she’s been heavily criticized for garnering the role as Simone in the upcoming biopic, “Nina.” In an interview with Ocean Drive Magazine, Saldana addressed the controversy around her being cast into the role.
“I can’t stop to think about who thinks me to be black enough or not black enough. I know who I am. I like who I am. And I’m not going to explain who I am. I’ve always been like that—I was raised to be that way,” she sats.
She has also taken on the legendary role of Rosemary (made famous by Mia Farrow) in a NBC four-hour miniseries, the re-imaging of “Rosemary’s Baby.”
She has proven herself a very versatile actress of color — just like Eartha Kitt.
Kitt reached her peak years in the late 1960s when she took on her famous role as Catwoman in the campy ”Batman” TV series, but then unfortunately experienced a decline in popularity due to her honest views on the Vietnam war. She died from colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2008 and of course she’s also known for her 1950s Christmas hit, “Santa Baby.”
Although it’s unofficial Saldana will play Kitt, she closely resembles who legendary actor Orson Welles once called ”the most exciting woman in the world!”
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