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Zoe Saldana to Play Nina Simone

Cynthia Mort, writer of Jodie Foster's The Brave One and a half-dozen Roseanne episodes, has had a Nina Simone biopic in the works for a few years. Now Zoe Saldana has stepped up for the title role, a spot Mary J. Blige had once occupied. David Oyelowo (The Help, The Last King of Scotland) will co-star as Simone's manager. Production begins in October. Watching Nina perform "Ne Me Quitte Pas" is an acceptable way to celebrate.

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