The Amy Winehouse biopic is almost here. On Friday, Focus Features released the first official trailer for Back to blackthe drama based on the short and stratospheric life of the British soul music legend.
Rising British actress Marisa Abela (Industry) plays Winehouse in the feature film by director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy, 50 Shades of Gray). Produced by Monumental Pictures and StudioCanal, Back to black will bow in the UK and Ireland on April 12 and will be released in the US via Focus Features on May 17.
The film focuses on Winehouse’s early years, living in London, her rise to fame and the recording of her breakthrough studio album, the title Back to black.
In the trailer, we see Abela as Winehouse evolve from her early days, practicing guitar in her bedroom, complete with brick walls and pink sheets, to her first recordings and performing to sell-out crowds closed. We also see clips of her relationship with soon-to-be ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil (Jack O’Connell) and her father Mitch Winehouse (Eddie Marsan). Juliet Cowan plays Janis, Amy’s mother, and Lesley Manville plays her grandmother, Cynthia.
Matt Greenhalgh, who worked with Taylor-Johnson on Nowhere Boy, wrote the screenplay for Back to black. Alison Owen (Me before you, Elizabeth) and Debra Hayward (Les Misérables, Bridget Jones’s Baby) product Back to black for Monumental Pictures alongside Nicky Kentish-Barnes (About time, about a boy). Taylor-Johnson serves as executive producer, alongside Ron Halpern and Joe Naftalin, StudioCanal’s senior vice president of worldwide production.
The project was made with the support of The Amy Winehouse Estate, as well as Universal Music Group and Sony Music Publishing, giving Taylor-Johnson full access to…