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Although the biopic isn’t moving as fast as the singer would like, Blige says she’s looking forward to the different energy that comes with Simone’s singing style in comparison to the high-energy, glam rock attitude of her current “Rock of Ages” character Justice Charlier.

“When we can get ‘Nina Simone’ off the page and at least into rehearsals, it’s going to be great because her songs are slower,” Blige told us. “It’s more emotion with her, and more passion. [‘Rock of Ages’] is more fun and energetic, but [Simone]is probably going to be hard because you have to draw those sad songs from places. You have to draw those blue moments from places.”