Aretha Franklin Weighs In On Nina Simone Biopic Controversy: ‘I Would’ve Liked To See Someone With A Little More Of A Likeness’

May 10, 2013  |  

There has been an overwhelming amount of controversy surrounding the forthcoming Nina Simone biopic. Although many have admitted that they’d like to be happy about a movie celebrating the “High Priestess of Soul,” it has been expressed that the thought of Zoe Saldana, who looks nothing like Simone, playing the late songstress in the biographical project is a little disturbing. Especially when there are so many other qualified actresses and singers who look more like Nina and could probably nail the role. During a recent interview with the AP, Aretha Franklin, who knew Nina personally, weighed in on the debate.

“I did know Nina and I would have liked to see someone with a little more of a likeness and hopefully played the piano. But I don’t know Ms. Saldana’s work and Hollywood can do a lot of things in terms of changing your features and all of that,” Aretha expressed.

The “Queen of Soul” also addressed concerns she has about the casting in her own forthcoming biopic.

On actress Audra McDonald: 
“The question where Audra is concerned is whether or not Audra can get into soul. That would be the question because she has the voice, she has a beautiful instrument. I just wonder how far she can get over into soul.”
On Jennifer Hudson: 
“Jennifer would come up with some good things.”

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