The documentary about Amy Winehouse’s troubled career, Amy – The Girl Behind The Name, was a huge hit when it was released in 2015, with fans across the country flocking to see Asif Kapadia’s no holds barred account of Amy’s short life. But now, a feature film about the Rehab singer is in the works, and we might just have a lead actress. But first, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming film.
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No official name has been confirmed so far, but the producers are using the working title of ‘Amy Winehouse’.
Writing and directing the film is Kirsten Sheridan, who is best known for the sweet drama August Rush. She has said “Amy’s music is felt so deeply because it was deeply personal. Our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art”.
While nothing has been 100% confirmed, Noomi Rapace, who you might know from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is in talks to play the troubled singer. The Swedish actress is known for her dark roles, so it’s not surprising she’s a hot pick to play Amy. Twitter have mixed reactions of Noomi as Amy, with some saying the songstress should be played by a Brit actress.
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A drama film about Amy needs her music, right? The team are working with Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, to get hold of Amy’s greatest hits, but he might be a tricky customer. Could the film work without her songs? We’re not so sure, but the 2013 Jimi Hendrix documentary, All Is By My Side, managed without any of Jimi’s famous tracks.
This feature film comes after Asif Kapadia’s hugely successful documentary, which had the country in tears when it came out earlier this year. Asif’s film showed family footage and behind-the-scenes clips of Amy’s life, but dad Mitch was not happy with the way he was portrayed, and even threatened to sue. He is now apparently planning his own Amy film, telling his side of the story.