Since word of Zoe Saldana’s casting of jazz legend Nina Simone hit the web, folks have had a lot to say. While some thought Saldana was a good fit and could pull off the role, other’s balked at the idea of her bringing the High Priestess of Soul to the big screen.
While we threw around names about who should head the project, Nina Simone’s daughter, Simone, asked Facebook fans what they thought about the choice and reserved her comments while they shared. Well, now, Simone’s weighed in, and according to her, the biopic isn’t quite what she wants.
When the announcement initially hit the press with MJ Blige cast as Nina (about 6 yrs ago) I heard it along with everyone else. The story was written as a love story between my mother and her former nurse, Clifton Henderson and primarily takes place during the last 8 years of her life.
Please note, this project is unauthorized. The Nina Simone Estate was never asked permission nor invited to participate.
I have seen many names regarding who you think should play the role of Nina. Remember Angela Bassett as Tina Turner? SHE NAILED IT! Angela Bassett is an ACTRESS! And, we all know she lip synced along with Tina and did an amazing job. Personally, I prefer an actress to a singer. Just because a person is great at one does not mean they will be great at the other. If written, funded and CAST PROPERLY a movie about my mother will make an lasting imprint.
My vision of a movie about my mother includes SO many pivotal moments that are monumentally important towards relaying the journey of a woman whose journey began as a child prodigy born in North Carolina in the 1930’s…too many to list here but, trust when I say the tale will inspire through the sheer sharing of HOW Eunice Waymon became Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul renowned worldwide.
Although the film seems to focus on a romantic relationship between Nina Simone and Clifton Henderson, Simone lets it be know that they had no such dealings.
Clifton Henderson was gay. He was not attracted to women. So, the truth is…Nina Simone and Clifton Henderson NEVER had a relationship other than a business one.
While Simone doesn’t seem too enthused about the film, which apparently is an indie project not funded by the Hollywood machine, she says she is hopeful her mother’s real story will come to light one day.