Movies Under Fire

Two widely anticipated biopics in the making have recently come under fire for their casting choices.

The Nina Simone story, currently in production, has been criticized for its casting choice of Avatar star, Zoe Saldana. The iconic jazz singer's family has been quite vocal about their disapproval of Saldana and in a recent New York Times interview, stated, "My mother was raised at at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin too dark. Appearance-wise this is not the best choice." Other African-American artists have also criticized the choice of Saldana, including singer-songwriter India.Arie, who spoke out in an online post.

Much like Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone, singer Lenny Kravitz is also receiving his fair share of criticism for being cast as the iconic Marvin Gaye. Tentatively titled Sexual Healing, the movie will focus on Gaye's later years when he battled alcoholism and tax issues in the midst of mounting a comeback. Gaye's son has slammed the biopic, asking is childhood friend to reconsider starring in the film. "The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful," Marvin Gaye III tells TMZ. "They're trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story."

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