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Trailer Trash: Zoe Saldana Stars as Nina Simone in Nina

Trailer Trash: Zoe Saldana Stars as Nina Simone in Nina

Nina Simone

Our staff throws shade at the most judged trailer of 2016 (so far).

The trailer for the Nina Simone biopic, Nina has recently dropped, accruing much controversy. With the ill-advised casting choice of Zoe Saldana as the iconic singer and activist, very few people have had a positive reaction (including Simone's family).

We're no exception. Upon its release, our staff passed around the trailer like a good joint. Below, our gut reactions.

Watch the trailer for Nina and share your own one-line review:

Jason Lamphier: "This makes me so sad. To be young, gifted, and totally miscast."

Greg Garry: "It's the female equivalent of the C. Thomas Howell '80s blackface romp, Soul Man. But not funny at all, just sad."

R. Kurt Osenlund: "I don't think there's anything wrong with Zoe making her skin a little darker. She's a highly underrated actress with legit, raw talent, and she deserves roles like this, whether she's 'black enough' or not."

Glenn Garner: "Well it's better than their first choice... Jennifer Lawrence."

Genelle Levy: "For more drama queen in blackface, see Elizabeth Taylor's Young Toscanini."

Julien Sauvalle: "They should have cast Viola Davis as Nina, and Zoe as Nina's daughter. Cut. Print. Oscar."

Dan Heching: "Now Zoe can add another shade to her repertoire: blue for Avatar, green for Guardians of the Galaxy, and brown(er) for Nina!"

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