Amy Winehouse: Who is the best actress to play her in the biopic 'Back To Black'

July 30, 2022

The producers of the film want to give the role of Amy Winehouse to a first-time actress.
Amy Winehouse biopic 'Back To Black' seems to have found its star.

Variety reports citing "multiple sources" that Marisa Abela, one of the stars of HBO's "Industry" series, is "predominant" for the role of Amy Winehouse in "Back To Black."

The 25-year-old British actress also starred in the Sky TV series 'Cobra' as well as the 2022 mystery film 'Rogue Agent'. Later this year, Abela will star alongside Haley Bennett and Sam Riley in the drama series 'She Is Love' .

"Abela is believed to be in talks, although the role has not yet been locked in and it appears that a small group of other actors are also in the running," writes Variety.

The role was originally intended for a first-time actress and the film's producers wanted a fresh face rather than going down the route of casting a pop star.

Marisa Abela – who is of Maltese, Libyan, Russian and Polish descent – ​​is of Jewish descent, which is important to the creative team behind the film as they want the female lead to be as close as possible to origin of Amy Winehouse herself.

'Back To Black' will explore the rise and death of Amy Winehouse, who passed away in 2011 aged 27.

A few days ago it was announced that the film will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed "Fifty Shades of Grey".

The script of "Back To Black" will bear the signatures of Sam Taylor-Johnson and Matt Greenhalgh ("Nowhere Boy").

Amy Winehouse's family is also involved in the production of the biopic, including her father Mitch, who was a critic of the 2015 documentary Amy. The documentary premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Mitch Winehouse also featured in the 2021 BBC documentary 'Reclaiming Amy' to mark ten years since Amy Winehouse's death.

Amy Winehouse's father spoke to The Sun in 2018 about plans for a feature film about his daughter.

When asked to comment on the possibility of Lady Gaga playing the late singer, he said: "I wouldn't mind betting it would be an unknown, young, English-London actress, from East London, who would look a bit like Amy ».

“What we want is someone who will play Amy as she was. As the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible man he was. There's no point in me making the film because I'm her father. But it's very important that we get the right people to do it, and we will do it," he said.