Nina trailer: Your Internet comments did not stop Zoe Saldana from playing Nina Simone

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Zoe Saldana Faces Backlash Over Nina Simone Biopic

Despite widespread opposition to her casting, Zoe Saldana went ahead and took the money and artistic fulfillment that comes with playing Nina Simone: After a few years on the shelf, her biopic Nina will be released next month. Wednesday brings its first trailer, which sees a noticeably darker Saldana playing the late singer during her years living in exile in France. David Oyelowo co-stars as her manager, and — wouldn't you know it — there's controversy over that part, too.


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Nina trailer: Your Internet comments did not stop Zoe Saldana from playing Nina Simone
Zoe Saldana, left, and Mark Ruffalo attend the Los Angeles Premiere of "Infinitely Polar Bear" held at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)
Zoe Saldana arrives at the Launch Of The Samsung Galaxy S6 And The Galaxy S6 Edge at Quixote Studios on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Zoe Saldana seen at "The Book of Life" Portrait Session at The Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, October 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Zoe Saldana attends the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Zoe Saldana (R) and artist Marco Perego attends the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for LARAS)
Actress Zoe Saldana (R) and Marco Perego arrive at a cocktail reception to celebrate the opening of the multimedia exhibtion 'Hollywood Costume,' October 1, 2014 at the historic Wilshire May Company Building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, in Los Angeles, California. 'Hollywood Costume' runs from October 2 to March 2 and features over 100 famous cinematic costumes, including the original red ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy's blue and white gingham pinafore dress. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Zoe Saldana, right, and her husband Marco Perego attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebration for the opening of the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition at the Wilshire May Company building on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana attend LAXART at Greystone Mansion on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PANTELION FILMS - Oscar Jaenada, left, and Zoe Saldana attend the after party for the premiere of Pantelion Film's 'Cantinflas' at the Roosevelt Hotel on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Pantelion Films/AP Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana Seen Shopping In West Hollywood, California on August 25, 2014. Credit: John Misa/MediaPunch/IPX
Zoe Saldana arrives at the 5th Annual Audi Emmy Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: Zoe Saldana and husband Marco Perego seen in West Hollywood, California on August 14, 2014. Credit: John Misa/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Zoe Saldana at Late Show with David Letterman promoting Guardians of the Galaxy on July 30, 2014 in New York City. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Zoe Saldana attends a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy" hosted by The Cinema Society and Men's Fitness on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Zoe Saldana arrives for the European Premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy at a central London cinema, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Zoe Saldana arrives at the premiere of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" at El Capitan Theatre on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
EXCLUSIVE - Zoe Saldana, left, and Marco Perego are seen at Grades of Green Verte 2014 at MBS Media Campus on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for MBS Media Campus/AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Marco Perego, left, and Zoe Saldana are seen at Grades of Green Verte 2014 at MBS Media Campus on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for MBS Media Campus/AP Images)
Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana during a Relativity Media lunch at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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