Zoe Saldana’s Nina To Hit Blu-ray, DVD On Sept. 6

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Zoe Saldana’s Nina To Hit Blu-ray, DVD On Sept. 6
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 3, 2016

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RLJ Entertainment brings you NINA, based on the life of the jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone. Written and directed by Cynthia Mort (The Brave One), the film stars Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) and David Oyelowo (Selma), Mike Epps (Uncle Buck), Keith David (Greenleaf) and Ella Joyce (Being Mary Jane). NINA made its streaming premiere in June for Black Music Month on UMC – Urban Movie Channel, a premium subscription-based video streaming service created by Robert L. Johnson, chairman of RLJ Entertainment and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). NINA will be available on DVD and on Blu-Ray on Sept. 6, 2016.

NINA, which is the biopic based on the incomparable singer, songwriter, pianist, civil rights activist Nina Simone, will be released in theaters, VOD and Digital HD on April 22, 2016 through RLJ Entertainment. Written and directed by Cynthia Mort, the film also stars David Oyelowo (Clifton Henderson).

Nina film - Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo

She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton’s encouragement, the “high priestess of soul” began a courageous journey back to her music … and, eventually, herself.

Also featured in the film are Mike Epps as Richard Pryor in a supporting role and Broadway actor Kevin Mambo as Gille, a French guitarist and a member of Simone’s band. Pryor opened for the singer when they two were starting out in the early 1960s. Pryor had terrible stage fright and Simone, in her autobiography, recalled how she regularly rocked him into calmness.

Nina film - Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone on piano

NINA was produced by Barnaby Thompson (The Importance of Being Earnest), Ben Latham-Jones (Kids in Love), Stuart Parr (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and Cynthia Mort (The Brave One) and executive produced by Pierre Lagrange (Kick-Ass), Allison Sarofim (Lake City), Aigerim Jakisheva (Kids in Love), Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, James Spring (Burke and Hare), Gene Kirkwood (Rocky), Lauren Lloyd (Cellular) and Paul Rosenberg (Southpaw).

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