Zoe Saldana will surprise fans with singing prowess, says David Oyelowo

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2013, 11:20 AM IST

London: Actor David Oyelowo has heaped praises on co-star Zoe Saldana`s portrayal of singer Nina Simone in a new biopic, insisting his co-star will blow away critics with her vocals.

Cynthia Mort, the director of the upcoming film `Nina`, was forced to defend Saldana`s casting last year after receiving backlash from the late musician`s daughter, reported Femalefirst.

"I think a lot of people are going to be surprised of the sheer power of her. She went to work. She is a huge admirer of Nina Simone and that crept into what she did.

"She wanted to tell the truth and every day we were on that set, that`s what I saw. She did do her own singing. It was fantastic, surprisingly... I was pretty blown away," Oyelowo said.