Who should play Nina Simone? Online petition calls for removal of Zoe Saldana
The reported casting of Zoe Saldana as soul music legend Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic has proven so controversial, it’s even inspired an online petition in opposition to it. The petition calls on the film’s producers, Jimmy Iovine and Cynthia Mort, to “replace Zoe Saldana with someone who actually looks like Nina Simone.” The casting controversy has re-opened longstanding debates about colorism and Hollywood. If you could recast the Nina Simone role, who would you pick? Check out some of our suggestions and weigh in.