Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct new Amy Winehouse biopic

Back to Black will chart the dramatic rise and tragic fall of the soul singer

A new Amy Winehouse biopic has today been confirmed, with the singer’s friend Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey) set to direct.

Back To Black is not the first cinematic attempt to chart the London singer’s life, but this feature is said to have the backing of the Amy Winehouse Estate. In contrast, Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy was strongly rebuked by the estate, in particular by her father Mitch Winehouse.

The estate had approved a film in 2018 to be written by Geoff Dane, but the project was short-lived. However, with the backing of Studiocanal producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward they continued their search and with Taylor-Johnson, who was a close friend of the singer, the film’s production is now in earnest, with Variety reporting that casting has already begun.

Though a young and largely unknown actor is most likely to take the role, fans on Twitter have reacted to the news suggesting the likes of Lauren Jauregui and Lady Gaga.

The singer of hits such as ‘Valerie’, ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and ‘Back To Black’, Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27.

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