Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Zoe Saldana Replaces Mary J. Blige in Nina Simone Bio-Pic


Last year Mary J. Blige announced she'd be starring in a new bio-pic about legendary singer Nina Simone. You can go ahead and scratch that because somewhere along the way someone decided Zoe Saldana would make a better choice...

The film entitled 'Nina' is based on the singer's 1992 autobiography 'I Put a Spell on You' and will focus on the relationship between Nina Simone and her assistant Clifton Henderson.

No start date has been set.

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

LMAO

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
(insert asthma attack here)
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY LAWD TAKE ME NOW!!!

No reason huh...just scratch Merry and its a done deal? are they afraid she wont be able to read her lines? I mean, I dont understand?

Hip Hop(e) Writer

Anonymous said...

yesss!! when portraying a singer acting is more important than singing. she can just lip synch the vocals. but if u cant act then it cant work. and mary cant act at all. unless its about getting into howard.

Anonymous said...

In the famous lines from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta:

....AND....SCENE!

I mean some of them on that show can act better than zoe one note. the same chick in drumline is the same chick in takers and columbiana.

Murray could do it.

Hip Hop(e) Writer

Anonymous said...

What??? Was Jennifer Hudson busy?

Anonymous said...

@12:34 shouldn't they get someone who looks similar to Nina?

Apart of her life story and struggle was due to her look.She would have had a COMPLETELY different life had she looked like Zoe Saldana.
She would have been treated differently/better by MOST blacks and whites at that time had she looked like Zoe.

Lena Horne dealt with racism despite her talent and intelligence but her struggle was still different than Nina's

But I do agree Zoe can act.She most especially can act better than Mary J.

I just don't see her playing Nina.

Why do Hollywood films have to be so inaccurate?

Anonymous said...

give india arie some acting lessons then give her the part!!

Anonymous said...

if they darkened zoe's skin 4 the part would that be deemed offensive??

Anonymous said...

thats cuz of them dag on chicken wraps..

Anonymous said...

I think Zoe the white dick loving attention ho is all wrong for the part. IMO!!!

Anonymous said...

That chicken commercial set you back home girl. Hope the chicken was worth it

Anonymous said...

ugh are they serious...i adore Nina but absolutely will not be a supporter of the lead role cast and with thaat u can count my $ out!!

Anonymous said...

Check put Nina's.."aint got no" btw, amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ugh and smh....these NON actresses stay winning these days. So what's next?!?! Halle playing Phyllis Hyman. C'mon damn holly weird.

Anonymous said...

she's the popular "one" right now.

an unknown would be great. somebody who can act and sing and who has the look.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

give india arie some acting lessons then give her the part!!
1:04 AM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bee Gee said...

More white hollywood bullshit..

This isn't about Mary's inability to act as much as it is making sure the part is cast to someone more aesthetically beautiful to white hollywood and its audience. Zoe is acceptable to whitey in that regard right now. Go down the list of her films and you'll find that she is almost always with a white male love interest in her films. Michael Ealy in Takers is the only man of color I can recall seeing her with. Even in Death at a Funeral where damned near ever cast member was black, her boyfriend was a white dude. Columbiana, a movie with all kinds of latin flavor, yet her love interest was a white cat. Even when she was the blue-skinned jungle bitch Neytiri in Avatar, her love interest was the white dude frontin like he was Na'avi. Guess Who? - Ashton Kutcher... The voodoo bitch in Pirates of the Carribean - she had a soft spot for the gay ass pirate Jack Sparrow.... Haven - she was fuckin Orlando Bloom. On and on...

Fuck white hollywood and its racist casting.. And this broad Zoe sounds like a sellout anyways. She told Ebony Magazine:

“We have a Black president right now, So why the f— would I sit down and talk about how hard it is for Black women in Hollywood when there’s a Black president in my country?” Serious house nigga shit..

Bee Gee said...

And for anybody that'll say "Zoe aint black she's latin", whatever. She's Puerto Rican and Dominican, so there's plenty of black in her self-hatin ass. And she benefits from that color like a muthafucka in hollywood..

Anonymous said...

^^so true bee gee

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! I'm not going to watch this bull. The only way they will understand that we've had it with this bull is if we WITHHOLD ALL FINANCIAL SUPPORT from it. Smh @hollyweird!

Anonymous said...

Read the bio.

Anonymous said...

Amazing!! Someone with a 'house nigga mentality', citing someone for house nigga shit!! Action begets success, and progess. Know that!!

Anonymous said...

I never got the hype about Zoe Saldana. I think White Hollywood was just desperate for another token Black actress to replace Halle once she got too old.

Anonymous said...

I think Zoe is a great actor but I don't think she'll do Nina well. I'm sure the moment they let Zoe know she'll have to wear an afro they'll be looking for another actor. Kimberly Elise would be perfect or N'Bush Wright would be perfect but you know they want to sell tickets to white people and the only dark skinned actress that they're pushing on on the mass market is Zoe right now.

@4:56

Yea and she'll be the first to correct you if you call her black.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Bee Gee groupie, but man you hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what this boils down to. I'm sick of it.

Anonymous said...

fuck a zoe saldana

Anonymous said...

IF.LAURYN.HILL.COULD.JUST.GET.HER.SHIT.TOGETHER she would have been the bomb for this part. Mary, not so much - she can't act a lick. Zoe is questionable.

Anonymous said...

OK PLEASE DO THE RESEARCH ON NINA, THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF SOUL. NO WAY IN HELL ZOE CAN PLAY THAT QUEEN NO WAY IN HELL, ITS A DAMN INSULT. IF THATS THE CASE USE NINA OWN DAUGHTER SHE IS A BROADWAY ACTRESS AND SINGER. HAVING ZOE PLAY NINA IS LIKE TOM CRUISE PLAYING MALCOLM X, WHAT A JOKE. BUT THATS HOLLYWIERD.

Anonymous said...

Was Angela Basset busy? Anika Noni Rose, was she busy as well? They need a black woman who actually looks black... all the way black to play this role.

I would not suggest J-Hud. She only knows how to play angry, or singer, or angry singer. p.s. Jennifer was horrible in Sex in the City.

They could have picked a slew of other black actresses to play this role. They chose Zoe, damn htat casting couch!

BloggerDisplayName said...

Zoe is hotter and younger that's just how Hollywood roll, even though Mary look more like Nina
I don't think its a race thing ,just a looks thing and yeah Mary dropped her stock when she sang " crispy chicken fresh lettuce, three cheeses..."

she prob. can't act tho

Anonymous said...

People who have never seen or heard of Nina will look at this movie and think she looks like Zoe. Unfortunately, I just heard one of Nina's song for the first time 3 years ago. She is awesome. This has to be a joke. I hate Hollywood for this shit.
@4:52 don't forget -Star Trek
@7:35 I agree.
There is black and then there is black by America standards..Zoe just DO NOT FIT THE BILL.

Bee Gee said...

^ Yeh I left out Star Trek. She's in an upcoming flick Blood Ties, and her love interest will be Billy Crudup, another white cat. Avatar and Star Trek sequels. She'll also be givin' up the pussy to Christian Bale aka Batman in "Out of the Furnace".

So yeh, she definitely don't wanna rock the white hollywood boat by complaining about the difficulties black actresses face in hollywood..

Ms. Lee said...

@Bee Gee, your first comment is incredibly accurate and I applaud it. As soon as I seen the title to this post, I KNEW it had nothing to due with "acting skills", but EVERYTHING to do with "looks". Hollywood so blatantly says that "Black isn't beautiful, deal with it." Nina Simone and Zoe Saldana are millions of light years away in terms of having ANYTHING in common.

Ms. Lee said...

Also, some Blacks have fallen victim to the "white hype" in Hollywood as well. Remember Aretha wanted Halle Berry to play her in a biopic? Ridiculous. The ONLY thing that Halle and Aretha have in common is that they're both women. And shame on Aretha and her delusional thinking that her and Halle EVER resembled. But again, Halle Berry has the "look"; skin tone, hair texture and build for Hollywood, as far as "Black" women are concerned.

dreadee said...

Anika Noni Rose, was she busy as well? They need a black woman who actually looks black... all the way black to play this role.
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I agree with this one....Zoe is a stretch.

Bee Gee said...

@Ms Lee,

Thanks, sis, and true indeed about Aretha/Halle. Aretha knew exactly what she was doing there..sad..

Life guard chica said...

@ 8:09...Kimberly Elise would be great!

Anonymous said...

There are so many BLACK actresses who are much better suited for this part. What's next Thandi Newton as Grace Jones?

Anonymous said...

@10:29 "light years..." I see whatcha did there!!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

India Arie would be perfect.............

Zoe said she wasn't black, oh, but when the money rolls in she's black.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of when Paul Mooney was on Dave Chappell , Tom Cruise in the last samurai , and Brad Pitt in the Mexican. Smdh .

Anonymous said...

Dreadee, Anika Noni Rose was precisely who I thought of first.

Anonymous said...

Neither Mary nor Zoe are good choices.

Anonymous said...

this needs to be petitioned. what about Lauryn Hill, who can sing and act or Viola Davis or Loretta Divine, there is a plenty of black actresses who can play the part.

Anonymous said...

@1:33 - "The Mexican" was about a gun, not a person.

Anonymous said...

be about change.
Sign the petition at change.org

Call the producer Jimmy Iovine los angeles office at 310-865-1000.
contacy cynthia ann mort the screenwriter.

Anonymous said...

1310-865-1000 for jimmy iovine
cynthia mort screenwriter
petition at change.org

Anonymous said...

if grace jones ever found out that they were casting a woman who doesn't look like her, or claim to be black in her biopic, grace jones is brutally honest she would have a fit, you see how she reacted to lady gaga. grace jones is about that life, lol. she isn't one to hold her tongue on race issues. she checked gaga,and gaga changed her look. we need more black female celebs standing up for what is right, no matter what they still won't give them quality work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info @2:22 and 2:24. Change will only come if we demand it. How about they are casting Thandie Newton in an african biopic about two african sisters. I won't be supporting that shit either.

Anonymous said...

Zoe "Call me latina" is only black when it suits her. She has proclaimed on many occasions that she is Latina although she her skin, knees, and gums are darker than the average black person. Yes, we get it you're mixed but girlfriend trying to pass in the Hollyweird white world is not going to happen. I would like to see her seek out Ebony, Essence, and Jet instead of Cosmo Latina. MJB is not an actress but she has the voice of Ms. Simone. Zoe is going after an Oscar like Jamie Fox for Ray but at least he didn't claim to be black when suitable.

Anonymous said...

zoe saladano claims to be black and latino, you can be both. so i apologize for that statement i made, but we need to demand hollywood stop disrespecting our struggle. pleasego go to nina simone daughte simone's facebook,she wants to know your reactions. she better keep it 1000 like he mother. this is like rhianna playing whitney houston or aula patton.
hollywood is funny anytime, a black person is a genus their blackness is suddenly erased. the revoulution will be televised.

Anonymous said...

^^^nuff respect for that statement.

Anonymous said...

CALL-SIGN- START U-TUBE VIDEOS IN PROTEST, WE HAVE TO DEMAND CHANGE, OR ELSE. THIS IS BIGGER THAN
NINA SIMONE, THIS IS FOR EVERY BLACK GIRL WHO LOOKED LIKE NINA SIMONE THAT WAS TOLD, AND IS TOLD THAT THEIR DEEP CHOCOLATE SKIN ISN'T PRETTY OR THAT THEIR BIG LIPS, WIDE NOSE IS UGLY, AND NOT FEMININE. THIS IS FOR THE BLACK WOMAN THAT IS TOLD SHE CAN'T BE FEMININE BECAUSE SHE IS STRONG-WILLED AND WON'T TAKE NOTHING FROM NOBODY. IF WE DON'T STAND UP FOR NINA, THAN THERE COULD BE A MOVIE ON MICHELLE OBAMA, PLAYED BY A NONBLACK ACTRESS WITH A TAN. WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR DAUGHTERS WHO GO TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY, AND COME BACK TO US, WITH TEARS RUNNING DOWN THEIR FACE, BECAUSE SOMEONE CALLED HER TARBABY, SPOOK, BIG NOSE, WIDE LIPS. THINK OF THE WORDS OF NINA SIMONE, STOKELY CARMICHAEL, MALCOM X.

Anonymous said...

Zoe looks remotely nothing like Nina Simone.

India.Arie would've played her better.

Anonymous said...

@4:56 Beegee, Ummm, Dominicans don't consider themselves black Americans and neither do Puerto Ricans for that matter.

I've dated enough to know.

Give me a fucking break said...

Anonymous said...
There are so many BLACK actresses who are much better suited for this part. What's next Thandi Newton as Grace Jones?
12:55 PM

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In all this sad news, this made me laugh!

I have nothing against Zoe Saldana, but Nina's gift was due to the experience she lived as a result of her very African phenotype.

Saldana hasn't lived it and can't portray it.

Team India all the way.

Anonymous said...

Nice comment 4:48-agree 100%

Anonymous said...

Where the fuck is Viola Davis gotdammit!!!! Shit like this makes me really really sick. Nurse!.....NURSE!!!...I need some damn medicine.

Anonymous said...

please go to a search engine and find a fansite called lauyrn hill website, or type in nina simone on michael jackson. she talks about her dislike for rap music, her views on not approving of interracial relationships, her love for lauryn hill, and wanting her to perform some of her songs. she discussed everything in a in your face raw manner, she would definitely be upset that zoe sadano is playing her. her attitude is so much like kola boof. please read the interview, i don't know how to put it,but she loved mj but felt that quincy jones and his family were to blame for how he turned out. do research before you jump on the bandwagon of hollywood.

Anonymous said...

lauryn hill ::General Assembly:it has the interview

Anonymous said...

Thanks @ 6.29PM & 6.35PM

DaisyDooks said...

@BeeGee @MsLee- Your analyses are so on point.

It's a god damn shame BLACK Black women are not allowed to portray BLACK Black women on screen.

We can make our OWN biopic of Nina Simone. We're not financially obligated to support Hollywood's version. It's a no-brainer to me.

Reds4real2012 said...

WHY CAN'T TYLER PERRY PLAY NINA SIMONE?
He would be a better choice than Zoe

Anonymous said...

Here's an online petition calls for removal of Zoe Saldana & On who should play Nina Simone?


http://thegrio.com/2012/09/20/who-should-play-nina-simone-online-petition-calls-for-removal-of-zoe-saldana/#s:adepero

Anonymous said...

Announcement: Sign the petition at change.org.

Call the producer Jimmy Iovine los angeles office at 310-865-1000.
contact cynthia ann mort the screenwriter.

https://www.change.org/petitions/jimmy-iovine-cynthia-mort-replace-zoe-saldana-with-an-actress-who-actually-looks-like-nina-simone

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