Pass The Popcorn: Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone [Photos + New Film Details]

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Today we learned beyond any doubt that Zoe Saldana will be portraying Nina Simone in the forthcoming biopic on the groundbreaking singer --over the objections of her daughter Simone and in spite of petitions on change dot org--when Shadow & Act published 2 shots of the dominicana actress getting into character. These pics were snapped by a reader and were taken on the set of the film, which apparently began shooting in Paris two weeks back. Now, don't lose your sh*t just yet, because as S&A points out:

We don't know what stage of the make-up process she's in here. So the final *look* after all the work is done (which may or may not include prosthetics), might be very different from what we see here.  So, I wouldn't judge based solely on these pictures.

However, we can say that some heavy make-up and transformation of Zoe's look will be involved. Some other details about the film have also emerged (or been confirmed) lately including: Mike Epps has joined the cast as original comic genius Richard Pryor and David Oyelowo will indeed be playing Nina's Paris-based manager Clifton Henderson. Stay tuned as more details (and an official production still, which will clearly give us a much better idea of what to expect from Saldana as Simone) come to light.

spotted at S&A