UPDATE to yesterday’s announcement that the film will finally be released in April, after 2 years of uncertainty… as I suspected would happen today, a trailer for the film is now online. Watch it below.
RLJ Entertainment has announced that “Nina” – the controversial Nina Simone film starring Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo – will be released in theaters, VOD and Digital HD on April 22, 2016.
“Nina” is written and directed by Cynthia Mort.
Official synopsis: She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton’s encouragement, the “high priestess of soul” began a courageous journey back to her music … and, eventually, herself.
If you’d like to catch up on all the previous drama that has followed the film over the last couple of years, read my May 2015 piece which summarizes it all here.
Along with news of the film’s release, RLJ has also debuted the film’s first official poster, which is embedded above.