The team behind the Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black has found its star. According to Deadline, Marisa Abela will portray the late British vocalist in the project, for which filming begins on Monday (Jan. 16) in London. Abela is best known for her work in the HBO drama Industry, and will also be seen in the upcoming live-action Barbie film and the spy thriller Rogue Agent.
Back to Black is a partnership between Studiocanal, Focus Pictures, and Monumental Pictures. It will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, best known for directing the first film in the box office-busting Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. The script was penned by Matt Greenhalgh (The Look of Love, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool).
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“My connection to Amy began when I left college and was hanging out in the creatively diverse London borough of Camden,” Taylor-Johnson says. “I got a job at the legendary Koko…