March 3, 2016

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Nina Simone's Estate to Zoe Saldana: 'Take Nina's Name Out Your Mouth'

RLJ Entertainment
RLJ Entertainment

The Nina Simone biopic—Nina—has been beset with issues since it premiered at Cannes in May 2014. Namely, Simone's relatives have expressed misgivings that the African-American singer is being portrayed by Zoe Saldana, an actress born to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father.

Today (March 2), as the official trailer for Nina released, a verified account tweeting on behalf of Simone extended several vitriolic messages to Saldana: 

There's no word on who exactly sent the tweet, although the account in question is registered on behalf of Nina Simone's estate. Nina, written and directed by Cynthia Mort (Will & Grace, Roseanne), opens in theaters on April 22. 

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