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Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith WILL PRODUCE 'Watch The Throne' Documentary + Zoe Saldana CHOSEN To Play Nina Simone?!

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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.

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Viola Davis... She has the

Viola Davis... She has the acting chops and the look. Gotta have both for a convincing Bio Pic.
Lila's picture

Bad casting chOice, Zoe is a

Bad casting chOice, Zoe is a cool actress but For obvious reasons she doesn't fit this role


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NeimanJMarcus's picture

Ummm no! Lauryn Hill, India

Ummm no! Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Viola Davis...there are many others out there who can do Nina way more justice than Zoe. Does she even know who Nina Simone was?
MsKizzy's picture

I thought Alicia Keys was

I thought Alicia Keys was supposed to be portraying Nina Simone. They've been talking about that for years.
Jernero94's picture


OMG, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, we can't have Zoe playing Nina Simone, for real? Who the **** thought this was good casting? Nina Simone had heart, soul and she was FIERCE. I don't see any of that in Zoe. Just wow!
Reign's picture

Nothing personal against Zoe,

Nothing personal against Zoe, she was great in Columbiana, BUT did they even entertain anyone else? What about Estelle? I'm sure they will argue that the actress does not have to look like her, ala Angela Bassett playing Tina Turner...but still.. And who the hell really cares about the WTT tour documentary? Isn't Bey doing a documentary too? Lord Jesus do we have to be bombarded with the both of them on the big screen too. It's already bad enough on the radio. Geez! Somebody needs to be home parenting Blue!
PacificGirl's picture

Zoe to play Nina? ABSOLUTELY

Zoe to play Nina? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I don't even want to see the movie now. The reviews must be SPECTACULAR for me to see it, but I can't imagine her getting into the soul of Nina. I just can't!!!
Happy Lady's picture

Okayyyyyy, I would have LOVED

Okayyyyyy, I would have LOVED to see a movie about Nina, but if Zoe plays the part, no way. This truly sickens me!
Reign's picture

I'm sorry but the producers

I'm sorry but the producers of the Nina Simone film are either dumb, stupid, or slow. It's straight up disrespectful for them to chose a latina actress who despises being type cast as "the black girl" in films to portray such as strong black woman who was a civil rights activist in her later years, hell I'm more shocked Zoe decided to take the role. She must be starving for a sandwhich and an oscar. I say the lead role should go to VIOLA DAVIS, she is an amazing actress and would give a more accurate portrayal of Nina Simone! Can we get a petition started??
tori's picture

I absolutely LOVE Viola

I absolutely LOVE Viola Davis. She was robbed TWICE of her Oscar. I think we need to get the word out. I'm onboard!
PacificGirl's picture

I'm on board too. I'm so

I'm on board too. I'm so devastated about this. Totally disrespectful to the essence of Nina Simone
Reign's picture

Well said DesignDiva. This is

Well said DesignDiva. This is just as ridiculous as when Aretha wanted Halle to play her. Hollywood's reality check is just bouncing all over the place.
Realist's picture

Zoe? Really? What about Anika

Zoe? Really? What about Anika Noni Rose or Kimberly Elise, or Vanessa Williams (From Soul Food).
dutches150's picture

Naw Zoe need to sit down &

Naw Zoe need to sit down & let Mary J have this one.
cotton candy's picture

Fantasia or India Arie, would

Fantasia or India Arie, would have been a much better choice to play Nina. Fantasia resembles her a little, she's done a little acting with her own biopic, and she definitely has the pipes....
Vanessa Lee's picture

I love Nina and Zoe, but this

I love Nina and Zoe, but this gotta be white people choosing her to play Nina. Unless Gorgeous Zoe can transition herself like Oscar Award winning Charlize Theron can for Monster, then it can work. (don't get me wrong. Nina is beautiful)
Tren's picture

She looks like fantasia

She looks like fantasia barrino in the last pic. May be she could line up to get the role!
Let's get it poppin's picture

Zoe though? Like really

Zoe though? Like really really.... Tehe.... Man that's sad... Documentary about two silly NICCAS...Bahawaaaas... That's some dumb funny for ya!! Lolol
Like Really's picture

Zoe Saldana?? Absolutely

Zoe Saldana?? Absolutely not!!!! I know Nina Simone's little brother Sam Wayman, and he would flip his wig if he had heard it was a Hispanic women and not a Afrocentric-soultress woman. Damn biopic gone wrong
Mieshalove's picture

Terrible. The studio

Terrible. The studio producing this will lose lots on money on this because she will not capture the spirit of NINA they should of just hired kristy Ally. if thats the case what type of foolishness?
Nflgirl's picture

Then again, sadly I can't

Then again, sadly I can't come off the top with an actress her color besides viola davis and esther rolle.
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

There are so many better

There are so many better actresses for that role. Zoe Saldana is not the right fit. Why not Jennifer Hudson, Mary J, Viola Davis, India Arie. What about Jill Marie Jones from girlfriends, or Nadine Ellis from Let's Stay Together. Someone with a little bit more soul than Zoe.
BlessedandLoved's picture

good call on Nadine Ellis

good call on Nadine Ellis <<<<<<< (have u seen India Arie lately???!! she looks like an Adult Alpha-Male SilverBack)...............
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture


GIRRRRRLLL...shutup!!!! lmao!!
Ethel Is Mad Now's picture

Social Media has proven that

Social Media has proven that it has power so if ppl feel strongly enough about her not being right for the role (which I agree with) then they should speak out... write on the production companies blog site etc about it... hopefully, change will come.. They are trying to do what they always do.. but a light face, soft hair feature to glamorize it...
Janelle McIver's picture

Ladies <--- don't flip your

Ladies <--- don't flip your wigs......Zoe can play the character in black face
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

LMFAOOOOO!!!!!! you're stupid

LMFAOOOOO!!!!!! you're stupid for that comment!!!!!
Let&#039;s get it poppin's picture

Ok Nina Simone is Afr Am and

Ok Nina Simone is Afr Am and Zoe very openly stated when doing press junkets for Drumline that she is NOT Afr Am but a proud PR. If that's the case why is she taking Afr Am roles? This beyond having the ability to act and more about box office draw because Zoe is clearly a poor choice for this role on many levels.
Denise2007's picture

Zoe Saldono? A documentary

Zoe Saldono? A documentary about that stupid tour? WHY?
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

This is pure bullshit - I bet

This is pure bullshit - I bet Nina is rolling over laughing...I support the actress who played in Pariah....she was great and besides her features matches Nina to a tee...Common...are you serious?
lifeisgood's picture

WHAAAAT?????? Zoe saldana

WHAAAAT?????? Zoe saldana chosen to play nina simone?????? Is it a joke?????? Can she even sing???? Does she resemble nina simone in any ways???????? I'm confused......... But i know she is bad choice!!! There are so many actresses out there who could play such a legend. Just keep searching...
Let&#039;s get it poppin's picture

I'm a HUGE Nina Simone fan

I'm a HUGE Nina Simone fan and I literally listen to her every day. I was shocked when I heard that Zoe was cast to play her. There are not that many opportunities for actresses of color and even fewer opportunities for dark-skin actresses with ethnic features. This role would have been perfect for one of them. I agree that Adepero Oduye would have been a great option for the role. She did a phenomenal job in Pariah! I'm just so sick of Hollywood trying to suck the melanin out of our history just so it "appeals to a broader audience." The next thing you know they'll be casting Terrence Howard as Kunta Kente in a remake of Roots!
DesignDiva's picture

Clap clap clap clap....well

Clap clap clap clap....well said...thank you! Truly, I'm sick about this. I love me some Nina Simone. That's funny, casting Terrence Howard as Kunta Kente...good one, I'm cracking up.
Reign's picture



well said, diva! i agree

well said, diva! i agree completely
litebrite's picture

Well Im not taking anything

Well Im not taking anything away from Zoes talent; However, Zoe does not resemble this woman at all....It's almost like saying Zoe will play Aretha Franklin....it's a far stretch. No ma'am, No ham, No turkey.
Ethel Is Mad Now's picture

I say India Arie is a better

I say India Arie is a better choice! I don't know about India Arie's acting skills but looks/voice she's better suited. I'm not too familiar with the Nigerian Actress suggested.
Anonymously Speaking's picture

India Arie could be an

India Arie could be an interesting choice indeed.....
Let&#039;s get it poppin's picture

Cray Bey is 51% a Puerto

Cray Bey is 51% a Puerto Rican and it's really prominent now
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

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