Nina Simone biopic released in theaters, on VOD, April 22

Nina Simone biopic released in theaters, on VOD, April 22

The latest image from the upcoming Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana has sparked significant controversy over the alleged darkening of her skin.

In any case, Nina will arrive in theaters and on VOD on April 22, 2016 and will surely stir up its fair share of additional controversy.

In the trailer, Saldana befriends Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), who becomes her manager and tries to keep the singer from drinking and smoking.

The trailer shows Simone offering Henderson a job for $2,000 a month to help take care of her affairs while she goes on the road.

Criticism has dogged "Nina" since news broke in 2012 that actress Zoe Saldana, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, would play the brilliant yet troubled singer known as the High Priestess of Soul.

But Zoe is defending her role in the Nina, telling HipHollywood her intentions are pure. She wears a prosthetic nose and had her skin darkened to match Nina Simone.

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The long-delayed Nina Simone biopic is finally set for release this spring. And really, it was doomed to be ripped apart the minute Saldana was pegged as the star, replacing Mary J. Blige.

Kelly would have preferred Viola Davis, Kimberly Elise, or Adepero Oduye. And Mort herself has even turned her back on the film in the last couple of years, suing the production company involved for taking away her creative control over the passion project.

The film's release has been delayed several times.

For her part, Saldana, 37, admitted in 2015 that she may not have been right for the role.

Following on from the success of Netflix's documentary What Happened Miss Simone?

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