Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

Posted on October 29, 2012

Zoe Saldana’s on the set of “Nina,” in Los Angeles, California, in full Nina Simone costume and it’s jarring, to say the least.

We love ourselves some Zoe Saldana, but we really struggle with her casting here. You can slap a prosthetic nose on her face, a truck-load of dark makeup, and padding in all the right areas, but she’s never going to be able to embody the full-lipped, dark-skinned, soulful sensuality of the original. It’s truly one of the oddest casting choices we’ve heard in some time and these pictures don’t fill us with anticipation for the film. It’s like casting Kerry Washington as Aretha Franklin or Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Taylor. It fundamentally doesn’t work.

Don’t get us wrong, the costumes look great. But she’s nowhere near Nina Simone and all the makeup tricks they used to try and turn Zoe Saldana into a curvy, dark-skinned black woman are distracting as hell.

 

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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