She was an icon who died far too young: Amy Winehouse’s life is now being retold in a feature film for the first time. The first photos show the start of shooting.
Almost twelve years after the death of Amy Winehouse, filming is now set to start on a biopic about the life of the British soul icon.
It will start on Monday, wrote director Sam Taylor-Johnson (55, “Fifty Shades of Grey”) on Instagram on Friday. In addition, the Brit posted the first picture of leading actress Marisa Abela in the iconic look of the celebrated singer – with a lavishly teased updo, tattoos and large earrings.
The British Abela (26), known from the HBO series “Industry”, posted a photo in which she is standing in front of a large graffiti portrait of Winehouse. “I love you Amy,” she wrote.
The biopic plans to film the eventful life of the Grammy winner became known last June. Back to Black is being written by Matt Greenhalgh, who previously wrote the script for Taylor-Johnson’s debut feature film Nowhere Boy (2009), about the young John Lennon.
Winehouse (“Rehab”, “Back to Black”) died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27 after years of struggling with drug and alcohol problems. British director Asif Kapadia shot “Amy” in 2015, an Oscar-winning documentary about the life of the soul star. This is the first feature film to also secure support from the Winehouse estate.
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