The upcoming Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black” has unveiled a first look image of Marissa Abella as the Grammy-winning icon. The photo debuted as StudioCanal announced it was partnering with Focus Features and Monumental Pictures on the music drama. Sam Taylor-Johnson, best known for directing “50 Shades of Grey” and “Nowhere Boy,” is directing the biopic.
According to the studios, “Back to Black” will track “Amy Winehouse’s vibrant early years living in London and her intense journey to fame.” The film began production in London on 16 January.
diversity In July it was exclusively reported that Abella had emerged as the first in the running to star in the Winehouse biopic. Abella is best known for playing the privileged but troubled Yasmin Kara-Hanani on HBO’s “Industry,” which aired its second season last year. The British actor also starred in the Sky TV series “Cobra” and starred opposite James Norton in the crime thriller “Rogue Agent”. Her additional credits include the drama “She Is Love,” co-starring Haley Bennett and Sam Reilly.
“Back to Black” was written by Matt Greenhalgh, who last worked with Taylor-Johnson on the script for “Nowhere Boy.” That film was a biopic about John Lennon’s childhood, so the two were already familiar with making a feature film around a music icon. “Back to Black” has the full backing of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Publishing and The Amy Winehouse Estate.
The “Back to Black” deal was closed by Ann Cherell, Asuka Yamaguchi and Sophie Leuthro for StudioCanal and Howard Meyers and Marine Babb for Focus Features.
Alison Owen (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Monumental Pictures’ Debra Hayward (“Les Miserables”) are producing the film. Nicky Kentish-Barnes (“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”) is an executive producer. Ron Halpern and Joe Naftalin are also executive producing and overseeing the project for StudioCanal.