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Marisa Abela to Sing “From Starting to Finish” in Amy Winehouse Biopic

The forthcoming Amy Winehouse biopic Again To Black will function Marisa Abela singing “from starting to finish”, director Sam Taylor-Johnson has mentioned.

The Business actress stars as Winehouse and charts the enduring singer’s vibrant years residing in London in addition to her intense rise to fame.

Alongside Abela, Again To Black additionally stars Jack O’Connell as Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, Eddie Marsan as her father Mitch, Juliet Cowan as her mom Janis, and Lesley Manville as her grandmother Cynthia.

Taylor-Johnson has confirmed Abela carried out all of the songs herself, having began voice classes for the half.

“After we first talked about it, my first query to [Abela] was, ‘Are you able to sing?’ And he or she mentioned, ‘I can’t,’” the director informed Empire [via MusicNews]. “I used to be considering, perhaps we’ll use Amy’s voice all through, and we’ll do it that means. She then went off after that audition – regardless of whether or not she knew she’d bought the half – and began coaching her voice.”

After a profitable however “nerve-wracking” take a look at recording at Abbey Highway Studios in London, Abela ended up singing “the complete film, starting to finish”, which Taylor-Johnson described as “an enormous feat”. Abela additionally labored with Winehouse’s unique band for the recordings.

“Dale [Davis] was there, her bass guitarist, and Ade [Omotayo, singer] and we simply all stood there and simply went, ‘Fuck!’ She’s unimaginable,” Taylor-Johnston remembered. “They didn’t know what to anticipate. They have been simply brimming with emotion, as a result of it’s such a multi-layer of emotions for the individuals who have been near her and labored together with her.”

Taylor-Johnston additionally spoke about Abela’s audition, the place she selected to not gown up lik Winehouse like many different auditionees.

“Marisa got here in as Marisa – completely no cat-eye make-up or something. She was very candy and really quiet,” he mentioned. “After which I turned on the digicam, and she or he appears down the lens, and actually, all of us simply went, ‘What?!’”

Again To Black shall be in cinemas from April 12.