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Mary J. Blige to Play Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige to Play Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige will play soul queen Nina Simone in Nina, an upcoming movie!

The film will star Mary J, 39, in a story focusing on Nina’s relationship with her assistant, Clifton Henderson, to be played by David Oyelowo (via Billboard).

The film will shoot this fall.

This isn’t MJ‘s first foray into acting – most recently, she had a supporting role in Tyler Perry‘s I Can Do Bad All By Myself

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38 Responses to “Mary J. Blige to Play Nina Simone”

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  1. 1
    AS Says:

    Sarah is venomous, vicious and bitchy , just like her pal — lainey lui.

  2. 2
    Jermaine Says:

    Her voice gives me goosebumps..

  3. 3
    III Says:

    Love Mary.

  4. 4
    FLO Says:


  5. 5
    happy girl Says:

    No no no no no no nono. Nina was BREATHTAKING. Her voice, her mannerisms, her style. Maybe Mary could pull it off but I don’t see it. I think even Jennifer Hudson would have been a better pick. This calls for someone in the realm of Whoopi Goldberg acting chops. Another Hollywood debacle ruining a great icon. NOOOOOOO!. If you don;t know Nina’s music. Look her up. There is nothing like it. Brilliant.

  6. 6
    noeffinway!!! Says:

    No, no, no. don’t do it. hollywood. mary j is no nina.

  7. 7
    wtf? Says:

    Mary J??????? Non singing Mary???? please no. Why not get a real actress? So many brilliant african american female actresses, trained and can sing too…why not give them a break? Ugh Forget this one….

  8. 8 Says:

    @wtf?: Non singing what?

  9. 9
    LDN Says:

    @happy girl: You’d rather Hudson play Nina? Gurl are you mad? You might as well throw Beyonce in as well. MJB is the best choice hands DOWN!

  10. 10
    tata Says:

    Omg. please no. I love mary j blige but nina simone was a goddess. Look up IF YOU KNEW live at ronnie scott… and witness the glory of nina. please. like someone said, someone like whoopi would be amazing.

  11. 11
    jonae Says:

    idk idk

  12. 12
    happy girl Says:

    LDN: First of all, Nina was a singer and Pianist educated at Julliard. She needs someone who understands that journey. Also, America did not accept her because she was dark-skinned African-American. Mary J is light skin. Just that alone does not convey the issues Nina had to suffer from. She said she had to go to Paris but to be seen as a person. On so many levels, Mary J is a bad choice. And I like Mary. I am not saying Jennifer Hudson would be a good choice, I say she would be a BETTER choice than Mary. You need like a young Whoopi Goldberg. I can’t think of anyone but she would have to look like Fantasia and play piano like Alicia Keyes. Why doesn’t Hollywood want to gamble on an unknown? I am sure Julliard has many artists right now who would be perfect for this role. But because Mary sells albums they think she is right. Just like they thought Beyonce was right for Etta James. I like Beyonce but I think she was the wrong person – dramatically – to play Etta. I guess money talks in Hollywood.

  13. 13
    happy girl Says:

    you tell me this woman can be played by mary j. blige! no way. maybe india ari would be good:

  14. 14
    happy girl Says:

    no to mary j. this woman was out of this world:

  15. 15
    plax Says:

    happygirl – someone with the vibe of lauryn hill, the looks of whoopi, the pianotingling of rachelle ferrell. all that wrapped in one. mary is amazing, but definitely not my first choice.

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    Susie#1 Says:

    I used to see Nina Simone play in small clubs in Detroit, sitting just at the end of her piano. She was breathtaking, amazing! She came in, sat down, and said, very quietly: I will not start playing until the room is quiet. And she played and sang and once in a while threw in an anecdote. She was able to make her voice soar or whisper. What a wonder. If you listen to her early recordings, you’ll become a fan: Wild is the Wind, The Other Woman, I Loves you Porgie, Rags and Old Iron; that’s just the beginning!

  17. 17
    Namerequired Says:

    NO!!! I love Mary but Heck No. Nina is a true icon, I ‘m now dreading the Lena Horne bio pic that will probably be coming soon, they’ll probably cast another singer who can’t act maybe Alicia Keys or Rhianna.

    Note to Hollywood producer’s just because someone can emote will singing does not mean they can emote for 90-120 minutes on the silver screen. Mary J, Beyonce etc can not act their way out of a paper bag. Why can’t producer’s cast an unknown, just take yourself down to Broadway or an acting school.

    I think Anika Noni Rose or if they have to get a singer India Arie or Lauryn Hill (who has acting experience)

  18. 18
    happy girl Says:

    Namerequired: Anika is a great choice. Btw, Alicia Keyes IS doing the Lena Horne biopic already. That’s not too bad but I dread it too. Remember when Janet Jackson wanted to play Dorothy Dandridge? lol. Hollywood has no imagination when it comes to biopics.

  19. 19
    Lydia Says:

    NOOOOOOO!!! I don’t think much of Mary as a singer (I do have one of her CDs though) and definitely a lot less as an actress. She did not do anything in Tyler Perry’s movie and some other movie I saw years ago. I hope this is not true!

  20. 20
    happy girl Says:

    plax:i think what we are saying, you and i, is nina simone is irreplaceable. you’d need 10 different women to play that one great woman. she is so many things. i love the way nina spoke. a real southern drawl with finesse. mary j is from mount vernon, ny and talks like it too. she is so wrong. sorry marry, i like you a lot but this is over your head honey. and with no real acting experience to boot. yikes. lol.

  21. 21
    plax Says:

    happy girl: LOL! yes, i think they should cast a totally unknown talent. i’m sick of singers with no acting talent whatsoever, doing biopics. beyonce in cadillac records made me c r i n g e. she has no emotion or spontaneity in her acting whatsoever.

  22. 22
    mrs_fuzzybee Says:

    Physically I think Mary can pull off playing Nina. But Nina had a unique and wonderful voice and breathy way of singing. Nina is almost a low baritone compared to Mary, so as long as they use the masters of Nina singing rather than having Mary try and massacre Nina’s songs it would be worth seeing. That is if you love old jazz. I grew up on the stuff & with my parents & aunts & uncles making pilgrimage to the Playboy Jazz Festival and to the Hollywood Bowl to see these classical jazz masters of which Nina Simone is one. It would suck for new music fans to think that Mary’s wonderful voice in anyway sounds like Nina’s wonderful voice.
    Many already think the Beyonce sound just like Etta when that is so far from true its laughable. OK old person signing off. Well older than most here I think.

  23. 23
    Deke Says:

    This woman has always bugged me.

  24. 24
    Mila Says:

    @happy girl: Um, Mary J is not pale-skinned. She is a [beautiful] dark-skinned woman: First time I’m hearing anyone call her that.

  25. 25

    MJB is just fabulous, can do no wrong. Everyone I know loves her. She’s a living legend, and one of the few women who does not take everything they offer her, and attend every event she is invited to, like ‘some’ do. She is smart, strong and so talented. I have faith in her, hopefully she will/can do Nina justice. I know Nina is one of her own greatest inspirations and heroins. She would not do this is she meant it half-heartedly.

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