Marisa Abela Transforms Into Amy Winehouse For Upcoming Biopic

20 years after Amy Winehouse started her ascent to music stardom, a film primarily based on her life is making its option to the massive display screen.

Final week, Focus Options launched a photograph of Marisa Abela as Winehouse in “Back to Black,” directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Within the picture, the actor sports activities Winehouse’s iconic beehive hairdo, arm tattoos and mole.

In keeping with press notes, “Back to Black” is a biopic that “crashes through the looking glass of celebrity” to amplify the late singer-songwriter’s “extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that infused everything she did.”

Abela, a British native, is greatest identified to U.S. audiences for her portrayal of Yasmin Kara-Hanani in HBO’s “Industry.” She’s set to look alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” due out this summer season.

A launch date for “Back to Black” has not but been introduced.

Marisa Abela will star as Amy Winehouse in “Back to Black.”

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Winehouse was simply 20 years outdated when she launched “Frank,” her acclaimed 2003 debut album. She catapulted to world fame three years later, following the discharge of her second album, “Back to Black.” The album featured the ever-present smash “Rehab” and received 5 Grammy Awards.

Regardless of Winehouse’s plain expertise, her experiences with drug and alcohol habit made her the topic of intense media scrutiny throughout her lifetime. She died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27.

Having made her directorial debut with the 2010 John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy,” Taylor-Johnson stated she grew to become a Winehouse fan whereas dwelling in London’s Camden district, the place the musician herself lived. She and screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh secured the assist of Winehouse’s household and property earlier than becoming a member of the venture.

“I feel 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,” she stated in a press launch.

Abela is best known for portraying Yasmin Kara-Hanani on HBO’s "Industry."
Abela is greatest identified for portraying Yasmin Kara-Hanani on HBO’s “Industry.”

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Simply how “Back to Black” will fare in portraying Winehouse’s non-public life stays to be seen. Earlier movie star biopics, like final 12 months’s “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” have too usually didn’t shed a satisfying degree of behind-the-scenes perception into their era-defining topics.

Taylor-Johnson, nonetheless, believes “Back to Black” will reclaim the real-life lady behind the music icon who endeared herself to a technology of followers.

I’ll create a film that we are going to all love and cherish without end,” she stated. “Just like we do Amy.”