Cynthia Mort, the director of the upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, has stated in a recent interview with The Grio that she and executive producer Gene Kirkwood have tapped Dr. Dre to score the film. Although the deal is not set in stone yet, Mort has already envisioned a Quincy Jones-like role for Dre, creating an original score for the film that is as much a part of the movie as the script (think Jones' work for In Cold Blood and In the Heat of the Night).
The film is already in the post-production phase and they plan on sending a rought cut of the movie to Dr. Dre as soon as it's ready.
Nina hasn't been without a fair deal of controversy, though. The casting of the beautiful Zoe Saldana as Simone was seen by many as a way to sell tickets and not a true artistic choice. The main problem arose from the fact that the difference between Saldana's light complexion and Simone's dark skin tone was fixed by the producers by doing a degree of black face to Saldana. This was especially painful to some as Simone's humble appearance was something the singer struggled with during her career. Check the photo below.
Be sure to jump over to The Grio to read the full interview.