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Who is Marisa Abela, the actress who will bring Amy Winehouse back to life?


Seen in Industry, the 26-year-old actress is attacking the big screen. She will play the singer who died in 2011 in Back to Black, a biopic whose filming began in January.

Ana de Armas was Marilyn Monroe, Rooney Mara was Audrey Hepburn.

Marisa Abela will be Amy Winehouse.

The music icon who died in 2011 will be embodied in an upcoming biopic by this unknown 26-year-old actress.

A springboard to the dark rooms for the young actress until now confined to the small screen.

Clad in a wig, black dress and tattoos, she walks the streets of Camden Town where the filming of

Back to Black,

signed Sam Taylor-Johnson (

Nowhere Boy,

Fifty Shades of Grey

) began in January.

Paparazzi managed to take a few photos.

The actress appears in the photos dressed as Amy Winehouse and wearing her legendary haircut.

Other images were published by the British tabloid,

The Sun

, including that of the scene of the arrest of Blake Fielder-Civil, the husband of the diva.

British, like her character, Marisa Abela is one of the new rising stars of English cinema.

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The young actress cut her teeth at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, but she was not predestined for a cinematic future.

As a law student, her ambition was to become a human rights lawyer.

Caught up by her passion, she began an acting career in 2020. First in the


series , then in the one produced by HBO and BBC Two,


, in which the young actress was particularly noticed by the public.

She plays Yasmin Kara-Hanani, a young woman who makes her debut in a large investment bank.

Marisa Abela is terrifying and her game full of accuracy.

About this role, the actress told the Scottish daily

The National


“My mother and my father come from completely different cultures – my father is Maltese Arab and my mother comes from a family of Polish Jewish refugees”


Origins that she sees as a common point with her character from



“Marisa is an excellent choice”

In July, a


article announced that Marisa Abela had been selected to play Amy Winehouse.

The English actress is

“the first choice of Sam Taylor-Johnson”

, specifies the online media.

Moreover, the director of

Fifty Shades of Gray

welcomes it:

"We can't really ask for better"


Amy Winehouse has sold as many albums - a record 30 million - as she has made headlines.

Back to Black

intends to tell of her meteoric rise: from the small jazz clubs in North London, where she was spotted, to the biggest stages in the world and her six Grammy Awards.

And until her premature death from an alcohol overdose, Amy Winehouse had then joined the famous "club of 27" - these artists who died at 27, including Janis Joplin, Jim Morisson, Jimi Hendrix or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

More rare, the biopic was approved by the family of Amy Winehouse, and more particularly by her father, Mitch also administrator of the estate of his daughter.

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However, on social networks, Marisa Abela is not unanimous.

The singer's fans criticize her for not looking like their idol.

Objections which Mitch Winehouse quickly cut short.

"Marisa is a great choice for the role, even though she doesn't look exactly like Amy

," he told



For the singer's father, appearance is not essential to make a successful biopic.

He wants proof that other biographical films were made when the performers did not resemble their characters.

From Austin Butler as Elvis Presley to Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong in

First Man

, headliners are rarely carbon copies of their roles.

Before bringing Amy Winehouse back to life, Marisa Abela will star opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in


in July .

A crazy and colorful feature film at the antipodes of what

Back to Black

should be .

The release of the biopic is scheduled for 2024. Marisa Abela will be 27 years old.

The same age as Amy Winehouse when she died.

Source: lefigaro

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