The long-gestating (and apparently “mismanaged”) Nina Simone biopic “Nina,” is finally set for release, following a series of setbacks involving casting changes, an unhappy leading lady, copious legal action and a lot of questions about some of the casting choices that went into its creation. Starring Zoe Saldana as the beloved American jazz singer and so-called “High Priestess of Soul,” the Cynthia Mort-directed film looks to take the long view on Simone’s career, with a special emphasis on her relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson (played in the film by David Oyelowo).
The first trailer for the feature has arrived now, thanks to Today.com, and it sees Saldana attempting to get into Simone’s talented (but mercurial) skin by way of singing, drinking, smoking, fighting, crusading for equal rights and eventually staging a comeback.
The film also stars Mike Epps as Richard Pryor, a role he will again play in the upcoming Pryor biopic, “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?”
“Nina” hits theaters and VOD on April 22.