Mary J. Blige to star in Nina Simone movie



Mary J. Blige is set to play “The High Priestess of Soul.”  The singer will portray jazz legend Nina Simone who is known for songs like “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “I Put a Spell on You.”

The film, “Nina” will focus on Simone’s relationship later in life with her assistant Clifton Henderson, played by David Oyelowo (“The Last King of Scotland”), reports Variety.  The $10 million movie will begin filming in France in September.

Mary J. Blige to star in Tyler Perry movie

Mary J. Blige will star in the next Tyler Perry movie, “I Can Do Bad All Myself,” due out September 11, reports Billboard.  She will play lead character Tanya, a nightclub manager.  Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson is cast as Tanya’s friend April.  The character Madea is also part of the cast.

Blige is also recording a new album, which is scheduled to be released later this year.