Tuesday, December 4, 2012
(( Written By: Mimi Tsiane )) When the announcement that an unauthorized biopic about Nina Simone potentially starring Mary J. Blige as the late great hit the press, reactions were mostly positive. However, all of that changed when Zoe Saldana was cast as the legendary singer. Arguments range from Zoe is not "dark skinned enough," not "black enough" ... and not strong enough an actress to play the coveted role. Many suggestions have been made. Two names that have been thrown around to play Nina Simone have been actresses of African descent: Adepero Oduye (Nigeria) and Danai Gurira (Zimbabwe). African Americans have been cast to play Africans to mixed reaction—Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela in Winnie, Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, Whoopi Goldberg as Mary Masombuka in Sarafina, Derek Luke as Patrick Chamusso in Catch A Fire ... the list is endless. Is there any reason to question casting in the reverse? Tell us, who would you cast in the role of Nina Simone?