The film is directed by Cynthia Mort and stars Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Simone and David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler) as her manager Clifton Henderson. Since its production, Nina has been plagued by criticism from Nina Simone's daughter and others over the casting of Saldana, who is Dominican, Puerto Rican, Haitian and Lebanese, unlike Simone, who was famously proud of her African roots. Saldana was observed on set wearing makeup to darken her face and prosthetics to alter her nose. In 2014, Mort herself sued the film's U.K. producer for breaching the terms of her director deal.
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The film's trailer shows Simone drinking, smoking, pointing guns -- and, yes, singing -- while also spouting some of the singer's most famous quotes, like the oft-repeated "I'll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear."
Come April, fans will be able to decide if this movie was something worth fearing after all.