Amy Winehouse’s father defends the actress who will play the role of his daughter in the cinema
Amy Winehouse’s father defends actress Marisa Abela as Amy Winehouse in the movie Back to black.
Filming for the biopic kicked off in London on Jan. 16 and fans weren’t too impressed with photos showing the actress playing Amy Winehouse.
Many complained that Marisa Abela looked nothing like the performer of rehab. Mitch Winehouse, who is the administrator of his daughter’s estate, defended the cast.
“Marisa is a great choice for the role, even though she doesn’t look like Amy,” he told TMZ.
He also reported that Eddie Marsan, who plays him, doesn’t look much like him either, but he thinks it’s not that bad if they aren’t mirror images. He also said “there’s too much emphasis on looks” and that many actors have played real characters they didn’t look like in the past.
Back to blackwhich chronicles the rise of the Grammy-winning singer, is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson from a screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh.
In a press release announcing the shoot, Sam Taylor-Johnson said, “I feel excited and honored to have this opportunity to bring Amy’s beautifully unique and tragic story to film accompanied by the most important part of his legacy – his music. I am fully aware of the responsibility, together with my writing collaborator – Matt Greenhalgh – I will create a film that we will all love and cherish forever. Just like we do with Amy. »
Featuring many of Amy Winehouse’s hit songs, the biopic has the full support of officials at Universal Music Group, Sony Music Publishing and The Amy Winehouse Estate.
The cast also includes Jack O’Connell as Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse’s toxic ex-husband, and Lesley Manville who will play the singer’s grandmother, Cynthia.
Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 from an alcohol overdose.