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Nina Simone's Estate Slam New Film Starring Zoe Saldana Following Trailer Release

04/03/2016 12:17 GMT | Updated 04/03/2016 12:59 GMT

Nina Simone’s estate have hit out at Zoe Saldana, the star of a new biopic about the late singer's life.

The trailer for the movie, titled ‘Nina’, was released earlier this week, and it has not been met with a positive response from those running the late singer’s official Twitter account.

After actress Zoe tweeted a Nina Simone quote, the estate replied bluntly:

A second tweet from them read:

It is unclear who runs the Twitter account, and Time reports that Nina’s family previously hired family friend Aaron Overfield to run the official Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as a website.

Nina’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly tells the publication that she was not aware of the tweets being sent, stating: “It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture.

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Zoe has noticeably darker skin than normal and an afro wig in the trailer

“It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies.”

Nina’s family have previously attacked the film, claiming the storyline is not an accurate representation of the much-loved jazz singer.

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Nina in 1965

The film’s creators have also come under fire for hiring Zoe, who is of mixed Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, over a black actress.

In 2012, Lisa addressed the issue in a Facebook post, writing: "I love Zoe Saldana, we all love Zoe...

“From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Colombiana’, I've seen those movies a few times. But not every project is for everybody. And I know what my mother would think. I just don't get it…"

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