If you are going to step into the shoes of someone you respect or admire, you are going to make sure you represent them well and with honor. Michaela Coel says she would approach any request to portray Nina Simone with reverence as well as with explicit approval. She wouldn't even entertain the idea without a direct request from Nina's family.
It's incredible how much the British actress resembles the legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist. Michaela even agrees that her likeness is nearly indistinguishable. She said in a tweet that they share even more in common than any of us realize. She certainly could channel her inner Nina and bring forth a very convincing encounter with one of our most powerful soul sisters.