Mary J. Blige to Star in Nina Simone Biopic

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05/13/2010 4:05 PM |

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The moody, forceful soul diva Mary J. Blige has signed on to play the moody, forceful soul diva Nina Simone, in Nina, the latter’s inevitable biopic.

Blige becomes perhaps the highest-profile musician to star in another musician’s biopic since Babs played Fanny Brice, though there have been a number of recent crossovers: club R&B star Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles, of course, and rapper Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for one for Walk the Line. And who can forget Jennifer Lopez lip-syncing so movingly in Selena?