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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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)
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