Mary J. poses with Nina Simone's photo

*Mary J. Blige is stepping up her acting resume after staring in Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” and will be capturing the essence of Nina Simone’s biopic.

The multitalented heroine of a singer will play the legendary jazz pioneer in Cynthia Mort’s “Nina,” according to reports.

The biopic will focus on Simone’s long lasting relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo.

Henderson was beside the legendary singer when she passed away at the age of 70 in 2003 at her home. He has also provided some of the biographical information that will be used in the film.

David Oyelowo

“She inspired other singers to do what they believed in,” Henderson said, saying the musician would also be remembered for her activism. “She’ll definitely be looked at as a civil rights movement leader.”

The film will be shot in France in September and has been allocated a budget of $10 million.