As you may recall, there's been quite a brouhaha over Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in the late great singer's biopic. Well! In a new project, Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae has been cast as Nina Simone. This flick is a biopic of Raisin In The Sun author Lorraine Hansberry — who was close friends with Simone — and the lead role will be played by Taye Hansberry, the playwright's grand-niece. In other news, Jaleel White —aka Urkel — will play James Baldwin? Interesting.

[Shadow and Act, Feministing]