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Nina Simone Movie Finally Gets Premiere Date But People Still Aren’t Here for Zoe Saldana

After 2 long and bumpy years we officially have a release date for “Nina.”

The controversial Nina Simone biopic will be released in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD all on April 22, 2016.

Yes it will still star Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone alongside David Oyelowo.

In addition to an official release date there’s now a synopsis to go along with it:

She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton’s encouragement, the “high priestess of soul” began a courageous journey back to her music … and, eventually, herself.

The film has been steeped in controversy since it’s inception due to the casting of fair skinned Saldana as Nina Simone who in life was much darker.

READ: Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone Biopic Finally Gets Release Date!

There’s been a universal consensus that casting Saldana was wrong and an insult to the reality of Nina, especially since it seems like there’s a fair amount of makeup in play to make her appear darker.

When the new poster for the film was released with the date people were entirely unimpressed and even angry at the casting decission.


People really feel that the film had plenty of women who were more physically appropriate for the role to chose from. Suggestions have included Uzo Aduba, Erykah Badu, and even Lauryn Hill.

What do you think, are people overreacting or is this casting just wrong in every way? Sound Off!

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.