Considered as one of the greatest artists in history, Amy Winehouse is set to get her own biopic with British actress Marisa Abela as the lead role, and she is the perfect actress to portray the legendary singer and songwriter.
Production and distribution company Studiocanal has started the filming and production of the biopic about the late singer this January. Directed by British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson, the movie entitled “Back to Black” will focus on Winehouse’s “vibrant years living in London in the early aughts and her intense journey to fame.”
Lesley Manville, Eddie Marsan, and Jack O’Connell have all joined the cast, according to Deadline. O’Connell will portray Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced in 2009, two years before she passed away in July 2011. Manville is slated to play her maternal grandmother, while Marsan will play her father, Mitch Winehouse.
While many actresses were considered, according to sources, Abela’s initial audition for the part completely floored producers and Taylor-Johnson, putting her in a strong position to win the part. Once Abela signed, Focus aggressively took actions to land distribution rights.
Hollywood has since attempted to retell Winehouse’s narrative in the form of numerous films that were already in development, one of which is from Lotus Entertainment and will feature Noomi Rapace. In the end, none advanced. The 2015 A24 documentary Amy was a big hit and won the Oscar, despite the fact that a feature film has yet to go into production. With Focus now on board, all indications are that this will be the first movie to likely be seen by people while receiving the complete support of the Winehouse estate.
“We are thrilled that Studiocanal, Focus Features and Monumental are making this movie celebrating our daughter Amy’s extraordinary music legacy and showcasing her talent in the way that it deserves,” the Amy Winehouse Estate said.
Taylor-Johnson stated that she feels “excited and humbled to have this opportunity to realize Amy’s beautifully unique and tragic story to cinema accompanied by the most important part of her legacy – her music.”
“I am fully aware of the responsibility, with my writing collaborator – Matt Greenhalgh – I will create a movie that we will all love and cherish forever. Just like we do Amy,” she adds.
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