Mitch Winehouse, Amy Winehouse’s father, has defended the upcoming biopic about his daughter’s life.
The casting of Marisa Abela, who will play Winehouse in the film “Back to Black”, has been criticized by some fans who claim that the actress does not look like the late singer at all.
However, Mitch publicly supported the casting, telling the American website TMZ: “Marisa is a great choice for this role, even if she doesn’t exactly look like Amy.”
According to the publication, Mitch defended the film, suggesting that too much attention is paid to appearance in Hollywood films, since there are many examples when actors do not look at all like the real characters they play.
He also noted that Eddie Marsan, who will play Amy’s father in the film, also does not look like himself.
The film will also star Skins actor Jack O’Connell as Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced two years before her death in July 2011. .
According to a press release, “Back to Black” “will focus on Amy’s extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that permeated everything she did… “Back to Black” breaks into the celebrity mirror to watch this journey from behind the mirror to see what Amy saw. to feel what she felt.
When photos of Abela in the image of Winehouse were published online, many on social networks criticized the casting decision.
“They literally could have picked any other person on the planet, planted a beehive on him, and they would have been more like Amy Winehouse than the girls from this movie,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote: “It took me a second to realize I was looking at photos from the upcoming Amy Winehouse movie, so this is incredibly disappointing.”
“These photos from the biopic about Amy Winehouse look like they were taken from a bad parody of the show “Saturday Night Live”, this movie needs to be closed, and Amy needs to be given a rest.” added another one.
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Abela is best known for her role as Yasmin Kara-Hanani in the HBO series “Industry”. She is also set to star in the upcoming adaptation of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
Winehouse’s life was the subject of a 2021 BBC documentary, Amy’s Recovery, released to mark the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death.
The director of the film “Back to Black” is Sam Taylor-Johnson, best known for his work on the biographical film about John Lennon “The Boy from Nowhere” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
The release date of the film has not yet been announced.