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Who stars in the Amy Winehouse biopic, BACK TO BLACK?
Photo: © ANP

Who stars in the Amy Winehouse biopic, BACK TO BLACK?

Who stars in the Amy Winehouse biopic, BACK TO BLACK?
Photo: © ANP

The new Amy Winehouse biopic stars Marisa Abela.

The tragic life and career of Winehouse were most famously depicted in Oscar-winning documentary, Amy.

Now, a fictionalised portrayal is coming which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, titled Back to Black.

The director was inspired to helm the biopic through her connection to Camden, where Winehouse made her name as an aspiring young singer.

"My connection to Amy began when I left college and was hanging out in the creatively diverse London borough of Camden," Taylor-Johnson said after the movie was announced.

"I got a job at the legendary Kolo Club, and I can still breathe every market stall, vintage shop and street... A few years later Amy wrote her searingly honest songs whilst living in Camden. Like with me, it became part of her DNA. I first saw her perform at a talent show at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho and it was immediately obvious she wasn't just 'talent'... she was genius."

Taylor-Johnson believes Winehouse's life provides a unique opportunity for her as a filmmaker.

"As a filmmaker you can't ask for more," she added.

"I feel excited and humbled to have this opportunity to realise 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."

Abela is most famous for her roles in Industry and COBRA. According to reports, she gained the role of Winehouse after being hugely impressive in her audition.

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