Mary J. Blige gets her big break…

….at least in the acting world. The self-proclaimed queen of hip-hop soul has just signed on [officially] to portray songstress Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.

Blige has been attached to this project for a few years, but things have finally come full circle now that Cynthia Mort (The Brave One) has been tapped to pen and direct the film.

The biopic titled ‘Nina’ will focus on the singer’s relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, a role in which David Oyelowo will portray; Oyelowo  will also portray Dr. Martin Luther King in Lee Daniel’s upcoming ‘Selma,’ currently in pre-production.

‘Nina’ starts production in September in France with a 10 million dollar budget, and I can’t wait to see Blige as a leading lady.

source: Variety

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