In an interview with Ebony magazine, the broadway actress spoke about how she would prefer if another actress played the role.
“I love Zoe Saldana’s work…As an actress I respect her process, but I also know that there are many actresses out there, known or not, who would be great as my mother,” she told the magazine.
"The one actress that I’ve had in my heart for a very long time, whose work I’m familiar with already, is Kimberly Elise. Many people have spoken to me about Viola. I love her look. I love her energy” Simone added.
“Both of the actresses that I’ve mentioned are women of colour, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft."