*In a strange turn of casting events, Zoe Saldana is taking over the Nina Simone role for singer Mary J. Blige.

Not that the original choice was great, but this one hardly makes sense.

The film was set to begin production last year at the end of May. But that didn’t happen even after being financed with a $10 million budget. It was put on hold because Mary was too busy filming “Rock of Ages.” So it was pushed off until October.

Then there were rumors of a casting change with the main star.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced, sources tell IndieWire/Shadow and Act that Zoe will be Nina Simone.

The film, if actually made, will focus on the singer’s relationship with Paris-based manager, Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo.

Hmm, Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone?!  Whatchhoo think?