The latest critic of the casting choice is India.Arie. The singer took to ninasimone.com to say, “I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone… and I think they are ridiculous! 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. That aside for a second, this just looks WEIRD, it looks like a person in Black(er) face with a fake nose… REALLY?!!!! Does not the one Nina Simone’s (sic) legacy deserve better than this?… But these images… just make me feel… SAD. Not because I want to play Nina Simone but because it feels out of place with what Nina Simone means in an African American historical context!!!!”
The film, described by iMDB as “The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson,” is scheduled to be released in 2013.