It has long been rumored Mary J. Blige will play legendary singer Nina Simone in a biopic. The Hollywood Reporter confirms the news.
Written by Cynthia Mort (“Rosanne,” “Will & Grace” and “Tell Me You Love Me”), the film titled “Nina” focuses on Simone’s love life, particularly with her assistant Clifton Henderson reportedly played by David Oyelowo (“The Last King of Scotland,” “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”).
The film is scheduled to begin shooting this fall.
“Nina” will be Mary J. Blige’s first starring role in a major feature film. The singer appeared in the made-for-TV film “Prison Song” (2001), and appeared on “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Strong Medicine,” and “The Ghost Whisper.” Blige recently played a small supporting role in Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”
While Mary J. Blige is certain to tap into her own personal struggles to portray an icon as complex as Nina Simone, is she really prepared to pull off this role?
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