Known for her low, expressive voice, Simone dug through a number of musical genres from gospel to jazz, getting dubbed The High Priestess of Soul. The film will focus specifically on her relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo (he's also busy playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma). According to Wikipedia, it will be based on the singer's own autobiography, I Put a Spell on You.
It's hard to peg this production. Of course, Blige has talent, but hers is wrapped in the flashy, polished package. Can she lose the polish, put it out there, and play the woman who'd break in and out of song? And, more importantly, is Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself enough to prep her to embody Ms. Simone? Check out videos of both singers after the jump (plus a brief 2009 interview with Blige chatting about the biopic) and weigh in below.