Only a mere five months ago I was wiping away the torrential flow of tears while watching Amy, the exquisite and lovingly executed documentary depicting the trials and tribulations of Amy Winehouse. Now, it seems the jazz and soul singer's tragic tale is being transferred to the big screen, in a biopic set to star Noomi Rapace.
Although Kirsten Sheridan, who will direct the biopic, has some big boots to fill after the release of Amy, Rapace is an excellent choice to portray Winehouse's tortured character. Especially as she's already played a powerful, yet broken heroine through her role of Lisbeth Salander in the original adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. You'll also recognize her from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Prometheus and Child44.
Winehouse sadly died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 after a continual battle with drugs and drink, five years after she rose to fame with her “Back to Black” album.
Kirsten Sheridan said:
“Amy’s music is felt so deeply by the audience because it was deeply personal. Her vulnerability was her strength. She was called many things — a diva, a lost soul preyed upon by tabloids, a tortured genius; our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art.”
To prepare yourself for the inevitable emotional roller coaster, I recommend checking out Amy ASAP. Here's the trailer:
According to Variety, the biopic's production will be covered by Maurer and Alixandre Witlin of City Entertainment and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica, and Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian and Angus Sutherland are on board as executive producers.