R+B star Mary J Blige is hoping to land some acting lessons fromDenzel Washington, after signing up to portray Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.

The NO MORE DRAMA singer recently announced plans to play the late jazz legend, and now she's hoping to secure Oscar-winning actor Washington as her tutor.

She says, "If I could, I'd get some coaching from Denzel, because he is the best."

And Blige also has some other favourites: "Angela Bassett. I love her. TERRENCE (HOWARD) is another person I admire."