IOTG bring word that Zoe Saldana has joined the long-planned Nina Simone biopic, ‘Nina.’ Back in 2010, it was reported that Mary J. Blige had landed the title role and David Oyelowo was pegged as Nina Simone’s assistant Clifton Henderson. At this moment in time, it’s unclear if both actors are still attached to the project, and details regarding Zoe Saldana’s role are currently under wraps. If Mary J. Blige has in fact dropped out, the actress I can see most embodying the fearlessness and passion of the legendary singer and activist is Adepero Oduye; who’s currently filming Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ and lead Dee Rees’ phenominal 2011 movie ‘Pariah.’ ‘Nina’ is written and directed by Cynthia Mort (The Brave One), based on Simone’s 1992 autobiography ‘I Put A Spell On You.’ Nina Simone, undoubtedly a preeminent icon of the 20th century, was known as the high priestess of soul and rose to fame in the ’60s with signature jazz ballads and such powerful protest songs as ‘Mississippi Goddamn’ and ‘To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,’ an anthem of the civil rights movement.

Fingers crossed we get some concrete details regarding ‘Nina’ soon. The synopsis for ‘I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography Of Nina Simone’ can be read here: “A gorgeous, inimitable singer and songwriter, Nina Simone (1933-2003) changed the face of both music and race relations in America. She struck a chord with bluesy jazz ballads like “Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl” and powerful protest songs such as “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” the anthem of the American Civil Rights movement. Coinciding with the re-release of her famous Philips Recordings, here are the reflections of the “High Priestess of Soul” on her own life.”