Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith WILL PRODUCE 'Watch The Throne' Documentary + Zoe Saldana CHOSEN To Play Nina Simone?!
Fab couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has signed on to produce the documentary about Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne tour/album. Get the deets inside and find out about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.
Overbrook Entertainment, the production company belonging to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, has announced plans to produce the “Watch the Throne” documentary. The film, which follows Jay-Z and Kanye West as they record the WTT album, is set to premiere in full at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Jay-Z spoke about the venture saying, “The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative and innovative.”
Jay-Z will also be working with the power couple on a remake of Annie starring Willow Smith. Will you be watching the doc?
And in movie news......
Actress Zoe Saldana had been as announced for the lead role Nina, a biopic about the late priestess of soul Nina Simone. Famous for classics like "Feeling Good," (which Jennifer Hudson remade for her Weight Watchers commercials) “Mississippi Goddamn” and “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” Nina was a very vocal voice and performer during the civil rights movement.
The film will focus on "the incredible life of the songstress whose incomparable performance style still enchants and haunts listeners today," according to Cinemablend.
While Zoe is a fabulous actress, many folks have questioned the casting of a fairer-skinned pretty chick to play a singer known for her unique looks and features. And who has a soulful voice. None of which Zoe has. With it being the civil rights movement, will Zoe really be able to tap into the essence of what it meant to be Nina Simone in the 60s?
Hmmm....it is called "acting" but many critics around the net think Adepero Oduye (much talked about award winning Nigerian actress known for her role last year in Pariah--which was also nominated for several awards) should take on the role. Her acting credentials are fab and she has an uncanny resemblance to Nina.
Oh well.....good luck Zoe.