The highly-anticipated biographical film about the late singer Amy Winehouse, "Back to Black," has begun filming in London's Soho, with the release of the first set photos. British actress Marisa Abela, who will be portraying Winehouse, was seen on set with actor Eddie Marsan, who plays the role of Amy's father Mitch.
Transforming into Winehouse
On Monday, the actress was dressed in a black leather jacket and mini dress, sporting Amy's signature hairstyle and gold earrings as she filmed scenes outside the famous jazz club "Ronnie Scott's," where the singer performed early in her career.
Abela's striking resemblance to the tragically deceased singer, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in 2011, is sure to make her portrayal all the more powerful. Marsan, known for his roles in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and more recently "The Thief," was also seen on set alongside Abela.
One of music’s greatest artists, Amy Winehouse, comes to the big screen in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black. With cameras rolling from next week, we’re thrilled to release this first look at rising star Marisa Abela as Amy.
A Career Change
Before deciding to pursue acting, Abela had plans to become a human rights lawyer. She told W magazine, "I got into a ton of universities in the U.K.
and while I was looking around, I was supposed to do History with a Law conversion, but I just wasn't interested." Her parents, however, were supportive of her decision to become an actor. "They wanted me to be an actor!" she said.
"I think being a lawyer would be me rebelling."
In addition to her role in "Back to Black," Abela is also set to star in Greta Gerwig's highly anticipated Barbie movie, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Her role was first announced in July 2022, but it is currently unclear who she will be playing. Abela expressed her excitement about working with Gerwig and Lena Dunham, who directed the pilot episode of Industry, telling W Magazine, "If you'd have told me that by the time I was 25 I'd have worked with Lena Dunham and Greta Gerwig, I'd have geeked out...It's just inspiring, working with these women who have crushed it in the most ultimate way." "Back to Black" is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, best known for the films "50 Shades of Gray" and "Nowhere Boy." The film will follow Winehouse's life in London and her intense journey to fame.
With Abela's striking resemblance to the late singer, and a talented cast and crew, this biopic is sure to be a moving tribute to the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse.