Marisa Abela transforms into late Amy Winehouse while filming Back To Black biopic
Marisa Abela and Jack O’Connell turned into Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil as they continued filming Back To Black in London on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old actress was the spitting image of the late musician, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in 2011 while filming for the highly anticipated biopic.
She was pictured arguing with her boyfriend Jack, 32, as she ran out of a club in a black satin bomber jacket and washed denim miniskirt.
The Industry star was also styled in a pair of knee-high black boots while sporting a red scarf tucked into her chocolate locks.
Meanwhile, Jack, 32, looked like Blake in a brick T-shirt and appeared to be in a heated argument with the film’s protagonist.
Dead-ringer: Marisa Abela wore a black cropped jacket and denim miniskirt as she transformed into the late Amy Winehouse while filming the Back To Black biopic on Tuesday
The shooting comes after Mitch Winehouse defended the controversial casting choice for the new biopic – after many argued that Marisa and Amy aren’t enough alike.
Dad Mitch disagrees with the backlash when he shared this week that Marisa is a “great choice,” admitting it doesn’t matter if they “don’t look exactly alike.”
Chat with TMZ on the new release about his daughter, Mitch said, “Marisa is Marisa and Amy is Amy…so it doesn’t matter if they aren’t mirror images.”
“Marisa is a great choice for the part.”
He continued that Eddie Marsan, who plays Mitch, doesn’t exactly look like him either, noting, “there’s too much emphasis on looks.”
“Because there are plenty of Hollywood examples of actors who don’t look like their real characters.”
Mitch’s defense comes as the casting choice of Marisa, who is known for playing Yasmin in BBC One TV series Industry, left many fans divided when they took to social media.
One fan tweeted, “Marisa Abela is a good actress, but anyone who thinks she looks like Amy Winehouse should make an appointment with their ophthalmologist.”
Lookalike: Jack O’Connell turned into her boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil for the shoot
Oh dear: she was pictured arguing with Jack, 32, as she ran out of a club in a black satin bomber jacket and a washed denim miniskirt
Tragic: The 26-year-old actress was the spitting image of the late musician, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in 2011 while filming for the much-anticipated biopic
Reflective: She seemed to be in a heated argument with the supporting party
“Marisa Abela doesn’t look like Amy Winehouse at all,” repeated another.
As a third said, ‘It’s not a good choice. #amywinehouse had a natural softness and fragility. but Marisa Abela, as Amy, just looks tough and mean. Sorry’.
Mitch and his wife Janis are the parents of Amy, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, and son Alex, 44.
But while the casting has her parent’s seal of approval, Amy’s friends aren’t so convinced either.
Busy day: The Industry star was also styled in a pair of knee-high black boots while sporting a red scarf in her chocolate locks
His side: The filming comes after Mitch Winehouse defended the controversial casting choice for the new biopic – after many claimed Marisa and Amy aren’t enough alike
Defend: Dad Mitch disagrees with the backlash as he shared this week that Marisa is a “great choice” and admits it doesn’t matter if they’re “not exactly alike”
One of them told The Mail on Sunday that they are unhappy with Marisa’s casting because, despite the near-perfect wig she wears and the identical tattoos, she doesn’t think she looks like the Rehab singer.
They also contrast the social background of Mrs Abela, who was educated in Roedean, with London-born Mrs Winehouse, who was known for her streetwise personality.
“No one consulted us about Amy,” the friend said.
How can it be authentic and accurate if they don’t know the real Amy or the truth about what happened in her last years? We are against this and we are angry. Amy was absolutely striking.’
Amy’s friends are also furious with the biopic’s makers for not consulting them about the star’s life. will be inaccurate.
Close: Amy’s father Mitch inherited her estate when the singer died at age 27 without a will, meaning probate came into play (Mitch and Amy pictured together in 2008)
Despite it being almost 12 years since Ms Winehouse became unresponsive in July 2011 at her townhouse in Camden, north London, her bereaved friends still think it’s early to make a film like this.
Sources on the set of Back To Black – directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and named after Ms Winehouse’s 2006 hit album – say shooting will only take eight weeks, which industry insiders say isn’t very long for such a production .
An insider said: “It all feels very fast, almost a bit of breaking and grabbing.”
Many have also questioned the film being made as a whole, accusing the project of “exploiting the singer’s legacy” and “cashing in on her trauma,” with some urging people to “just let her rest.”
Difficult: Marisa, who is known for her role on the BBC show Industry, has faced criticism over the casting as fans claim she’s not the right fit (pictured in December 2022)