India.Arie Weighs in on Nina Controversy: 'They Cast Zoë Saldana Because They Wanted A Big Name'

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India.Arie Weighs in on Nina Controversy: 'They Cast Zoë Saldana Because They Wanted A Big Name'
"Video" singer India.Arie is adding her voice to the chorus of those against the casting of Zoë Saldana as Nina Simone in the upcoming biographical film about her life. The 40-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter (via Billboard) that she was saddened by the choice of Saldana to play the iconic dark-skinned singer. Arie, who saw an early version of Nina three years ago and has even portrayed Simone onscreen (in a 2003 episode of American Dreams), said, "the way she looked in the movie was ugly." "I think the best way to say it is that they casted her against type
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