With the release date of the Nina Simone biopic (titled Nina) being pushed back do to legal troubles, it would almost seem like the film was cursed. Controversy has followed almost every aspect of the film, including the casting of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana as Simone. Ever since the announcement that Saldana would be playing the "Feeling Good" singer, angry fans have taken to the internet and argued that her casting was an attempt to whitewash the film and that the dark make-up she’s been seen wearing in the film is essentially back-face.
All things aside, it’s hard to deny the fact that Saldana’s a huge star with great talent. But is that enough to do the High Priestess of Soul justice? Here are five reasons why we think Saldana should play definitely Simone and five reasons why we think she should definitely NOT.