Zoe Saldana's long-troubled Nina Simone biopic finally has a real release date — and even a poster. We'll finally be able to see what all the fuss is about on April 22, when the film comes out in theaters and on VOD.
The controversial biopic, in which Saldana stars as the jazz legend, has been under attack from the moment it was first announced by those who feel the Dominican and Puerto Rican actress is the wrong choice to play an icon of Black history. When the first photos of Saldana as Simone came out, featuring the slender actress wearing lots of prosthetics to achieve Simone's features, the outcry hit a fever pitch.
The poster for the film, which debuted today, is getting similar backlash:
Zoe has had to defend playing the role for nearly three years now. It will be fascinating to see how people react to actually seeing her performance. In the meantime, watch the actress talk about the backlash from the Black community in our exclusive interview below:
(Photos from top to bottom: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Spike TV, JazzSign/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Lebrecht Music & Arts/Corbis, RLJ Entertainment)