Movie News: Zoe Saldana to Play Nina Simone; New, Mesmerizing Clip from 'The Master'

Movie News: Zoe Saldana to Play Nina Simone; New, Mesmerizing Clip from 'The Master'

Aug 16, 2012


Zoe Saldana in Nina: Known as the “high priestess of soul,” legendary singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone led a colorful life, one that will be dramatized for the screen in Nina, a new movie that will star Zoe Saldana (above, in Colombiana) in the title role; David Oyelowo is set to play her manager. A child prodigy raised in a strict religious household, Simone pursued a career in music and broke out big in the 1960s. Mary J. Blige had previously been attached to the project. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Edward Zwick: Tobey Maguire has been set to play legendary chess player Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice for quite a while, but there’s been a change in the director’s chair: Edward Zwick (Love and Other Drugs) will helm the project, replacing David Fincher. Fischer won the World Chess Championship in 1972, defeating Russian champ Boris Spassky in a highly-publicized match; thereafter, he became a recluse as well as a lightning rod for various controversies. [Deadline]

About Last Night: Edward Zwick directed About Last Night..., the 1986 film version of David Mamet’s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” but neither has anything to do with the upcoming new version. Joy Bryant (TV’s Parenthood) is in talks to fill the final lead role (played previously by Demi Moore and recently declined by Zoe Saldana), opposite Michael Ealy (in the Rob Lowe slot). Kevin Hart and Regina Hall will play their respective best friends, with Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) set to direct. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Master Clip: In advance of playing at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated The Master will have a benefit screening in Chicago tonight. A new promotional clip presents a mesmerizing scene featuring stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. [Music Box Theatre via The Playlist]

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