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Photos of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana attends the West Coast premiere of "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

By// Mariah Craddick

Photos of actress Zoe Saldana in hair and makeup for her role as Nina Simone in the upcoming Nina biopic has stirred up controversy once again. In the photos, posted by the Daily Mail, Saldana appears in a short, black afro wig and a darker shade of makeup in an obvious attempt to make the actress look more like the late jazz singer.

Nina Simone’s daughter Simone Kelly and fans alike have expressed disappointment in the casting from the beginning, claiming she does not bear a close enough resemblance.

“Appearance-wise this is not the best choice,” Kelly posted on her Facebook page. Fans argued that a dark-skinned actress, like Viola Davis or Adepero Oduye, should have received the part instead.

Jill Scott has come out to defend the casting, telling Hello Beautiful that “Zoe is an incredible actress” and a prosthetic nose and darker make-up would help.

Nina is scheduled for release in 2013.

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