In possibly her most prominent role yet, actress Zoe Saldana was announced to play the legendary jazz musician and vocalist Nina Simone in the biopic entitled, Nina. The first trailer was released by RLJ Entertainment (via Today) and Entertainment Weekly released the official poster.
Saldana is joined by co-star David Oyelowo (Selma) who plays Simone’s manager, Clifton Henderson. The movie focuses on the relationship between Simone and Henderson and emphasizes the tumultuous, hard-drinking, gun-toting life of Simone as she carved an iconic legacy in music history. Also casted are Mike Epps, Ronald Guttman, and Ella Thomas.
Cynthia Mort, the screenwriter for Nina, also makes her directorial debut with the film. Nina is produced Mark Burton, Ben Latham Jones, Stuart Parr, and Barnaby Thompson.
Nina is set to hit theaters and VOD on April 22.