Role Reversal: Controversial Movie Castings

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  • Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana
  • Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone
  • Jennifer Hudson, Winnie Mandela
  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Idris Elba, Thor
  • Edi Gathegi, Twilight
  • Jennifer Lopez, Selena
  • The Last Airbender
  • Madonna, Evita
  • Halle Berry, X-Men
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra
  • Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry

Zoe Saldana in Nina

Fans waited years for the biopic on Nina Simone to finally go into production, and many were shocked when director Cynthia Mort cast the willowy Dominican actress as the High Priestess of Soul, whose music and persona were largely defined by her looks. Change.org even launched a petition to get Mort to reconsider her decision. As for Saldana, she finally addressed the controversy by telling reporters, "I know what Nina Simone means to me."

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