Watch a trailer for controversial new Nina Simone biopic ‘Nina’

Long awaited film starring Zoe Saldana arrives April

New film biopic Nina – looking at the life of the immortal soul singer Nina Simone – has been teased with a brand new trailer, it has emerged.

Zoe Saldana stars as Nina in the gritty depiction of the singer’s life, which has been marred in setbacks and backlash – including cricisim from Nina Simone’s daughter.

According to Fact, the long awaited biographical film suffered a release date set back, but is now confirmed to open in cinemas in the US on April 22. You can watch the official teaser trailer below.


The film’s trailer shows Saldana’s Simone drinking, smoking and pointing a gun while also spouting some of the singer’s most famous quotes including “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.”

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The film had originally been slated for a December 2015 release. Scripted and directed by Cynthia Mort, the biopic is based on Simone’s 1992 autobiography I Put A Spell On You. Mary J Blige was linked to the title role back in 2010, but is said to have moved on following funding difficulties, and Saldana was then cast in 2012.

Saldana, 37, is best known for her roles as Anamaria in the second Pirates Of The Caribbean movie and Uhuru in the 2009 Star Trek film. She also portrays a Na’vi called Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar.

Nina Simone was the daughter of a North Carolina preacher, and recorded more than 40 albums before passing away in 2003 at the age of 70. She became heavily involved in the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, but later relocated to France following tax issues.

‘The Very Best Of Nina Simone’, a compilation of her most famous recordings, such as ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, made the UK Top Ten in 2006.

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