There has been a lot of talk around the black blogosphere regarding Zoe Saldana’s casting as Nina Simone in an upcoming unauthorized biopic of the legendary singer’s life.
While most have roundly criticized Saldana’s selection to play the role because the Afro-Latino beauty looks nothing like Simone, others have decided to wait and see how the young actress will handle the role.
Now, filming is underway and more photos of a visibly-browned Saldana have leaked to the web, and let’s just say…we’re not impressed.
Instead of casting an actress that wouldn’t need painted skin or prosthetics to mirror Simone’s looks, Cynthia Mort, the film’s director, chose to pick Saldana whose lighter skin and less pronounced features look nothing like the jazz diva.
But that’s old news. What’s new is we now see the director’s vision of Saldana as Simone and, it makes me a bit sad.
While I’m glad Mort didn’t “white wash” Simone’s skin and story by allowing Saldana to play the singer unassisted, I’m dismayed because any number of quality actresses (Viola Davis or Adepero Oduye for example) could have pulled of the role without needing to be “blackened up.”
But alas, that’s just not how it went down and we’re left to wonder how the final project will turn out. But if these images are any indication…it’s not looking good.