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Apparently Mary J. Blige is looking to play Nina Simone in a future biopic.
R&B singer Mary J. Blige is attached to make her feature starring debut in a movie about jazz chanteuse Nina Simone.
The MTV Films/Paramount Pictures project will chronicle Simone's ascent to stardom and her relationship with Paris-based manager Clifton Henderson.
Simone, known as the high priestess of soul, rose to fame in the '60s with signature jazz ballads and such powerful protest songs as “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” an anthem of the civil rights movement. In 1974, the chanteuse went into exile, eventually ending up in Paris, where she died in 2003.
According to her website, Mary J. Blige's new album The Breakthrough has the track “About You” which features Nina Simone as well as Will I. Am.
I think it's great the Mary is gonna start out her acting career playing one of the most influential and important singers of the 20th century. I don;t know how i feel about MTV productions being part of the filmmaking though. If they make this movie and it's fucked up, I will be so mad.