After years of red tape, the controversial Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, is slated for release in theaters and video-on-demand in April of this year. Additionally, the film got its first official poster, showing off Saldana’s look as the legendary Simone, and while there has not yet been a trailer release, with the release date so soon, there is bound to be one soon.

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Along with the release date and poster, RLJ Entertainment has released this official synopsis of the movie as well:


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.