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Zoe Saldana To Play Singer Nina Simone In Biopic

According to reports, actress Zoe Saldana is set to star as singing icon Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. The Avatar and Colombiana star recently wrapped shooting Out of the Furnace with Christopher Nolan.

Previously, Mary J. Blige was tapped for the lead role but left due to funding issues. The movie has finally been given the green light and will begin production on October 16.

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, she adopted the stage name Nina Simone in 1954 and was nicknamed the ‘High Priestess of Soul.’

The film will reportedly focus on her rise to fame as a jazz singer and her relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Nina passed away in her sleep at her home in the South of France in 2003.

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