Mary J Blige As Nina Simone In A Biopic? Here’s What The Singer Said
Mary J Blige has had success in a variety of television and film parts, but she has her sights set on a particular narrative.
The Yonkers, NY native declared during her appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that she would love to play Nina Simone in a biopic.
“I always wanted to play Nina Simone,” said Mary J Blige.
She went on, “I want to learn how to play the piano. I love her songs. They are very dark and moody and I can always find a place for that. So yeah, I definitely want to play her.”
The “Real Love” singer was supposed to play Nina Simone as early as 2006, but as the years went by, delays and financial concerns changed the project. In the end, Nina (2016) featured Zoe Saldana. The actress voiced regret for accepting the part in 2020.
Mary J Blige Hopes To Portray Nina Simone Some Day
The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul discussed the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, which was acknowledged nationally, and how the culture has impacted society in other segments of her dialogue with Colbert.
“I think it’s been amazing because Hip Hop has given our culture a voice. It’s given everybody a voice and a place to speak their truth to. From JAY-Z to Nas to Biggie, they’re all speaking their truth through music, from Rakim to KRS-One,” said the “Power Book II: Ghost” star.
Blige added, “Everybody is speaking what they’ve lived and what they’ve done through their music and it’s given them some sort of therapy, and that’s what Hip Hop has done and I hope it continues to do that and I hope it stays around for a long time because the new generations are doing the exact same thing.”
Check out Blige and Colbert’s conversation above.
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