While this secretly taken image doesn’t include a note as to what stage of the make-up process Saldana is in, the final look of her character might be very different from what we’re seeing in the image above. In it, you can see the “Avatar” actress sporting darker make-up to change her skin color, prosthetic teeth and an afro that was a well-known attribute of the legendary singer.
Director Cynthia Mort hasn’t offered any details whether she is taking creative liberties with Nina Simone or if Zoe would portray the “Plain Gold Ring” singer exactly to real-life scale. Most recently, the as-yet-to-be titled biopic added funnyman actor, Mike Epps, to the cast. He is slated to play Richard Pryor in the film. David Oyelowo will be playing Nina’s Paris-based manager, Clifton Henderson.