By Rose Walano
Updated Aug 16, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone
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Zoe Saldana is going to play a famous singer on the screen! The actress just signed on to star as American jazz singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone in Nina, THR reports. And she's not alone: Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, and more have risen to the challenge of playing a real singer on film (some with Oscar-winning performances!). See more of our favorite actresses who've played real singers in the gallery.