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:
.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
A second tweet from them read:
Hopefully people begin to understand this is painful. Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, nauseating, soul-crushing. It shall pass, but for now...— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
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.
Nina’s family have previously attacked the film, claiming the storyline is not an accurate representation of the much-loved jazz singer.
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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