Mary J. Blige To Play Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige has signed on to play Nina Simone in a biopic of the legendary singer entitled “Nina” for WME & Ealing Studios reports Reuters.

The story will focus on Simone’s relationship later in life with her assistant Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo). No word how much of her work as both a musician and an avid civil right activist will be incorporated.

Cynthia Mort (“The Brave One”) penned the script. The $10 million-budgeted feature will begin shooting in France in September.