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Jack O'Connell spotted filming Amy Winehouse biopic as ex-husband Blake

Jake Massey

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Jack O'Connell spotted filming Amy Winehouse biopic as ex-husband Blake

Jack O'Connell has been snapped on the set of a new Amy Winehouse biopic.

The This Is England actor is playing the singer's ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, while Marisa Abela is taking on the lead role.

The 26-year-old actor has starred in BBC Two series Industry and Sky One drama Cobra, and shooting began this week on Back to Black, named after the artist's famous album and song.

Filming got under way this week. Credit: Splash News
Filming got under way this week. Credit: Splash News

When Abela was named in the role last Friday (13 January), she shared a picture of herself next to a Winehouse mural and wrote on Instagram: "I love you, Amy."

While making reference to Winehouse's speech from the 2008 Grammy Awards, Abela added: "And for London. This is for London. Cause Camden Town ain't burnin' down."

At the Grammys that year, the singer won record of the year, song of the year and best female pop vocal performance, all for 'Rehab', along with best new artist, and best pop vocal album for Back To Black.

Abela is playing Winehouse. Credit: Splash News
Abela is playing Winehouse. Credit: Splash News

Winehouse - one of the defining talents of her generation - died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 at her home in Camden, north London, on 23 July 2011.

She was known for her soulful voice and songs such as 'Love Is A Losing Game' and 'Tears Dry On Their Own', along with her collaboration with Mark Ronson in a cover of 'Valerie'.

In a photo released by production company Studio Canal UK, Abela is seen with Winehouse's trademark hair, makeup and earrings.

Studio Canal UK said: "With cameras rolling from next week, we're thrilled to release this first look at rising star Marisa Abela as Amy."

Nowhere Boy and Fifty Shades Of Grey's Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film, which the production company said is about 'the life and music of the legendary artist'.

Winehouse died in 2011, aged 27. Credit: Studio Canal
Winehouse died in 2011, aged 27. Credit: Studio Canal

Eddie Marsan will play Winehouse's father, and Lesley Manville will play her maternal grandmother.

A press release for the film reads: "Back To Black will focus on Amy's extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that infused everything she did.

"A journey that took her from the craziness and colour of 90s Camden High Street to global adoration - and back again, Back To Black crashes through the looking glass of celebrity to watch this journey from behind the mirror, to see what Amy saw, to feel what she felt."

The Amy Winehouse Estate added: "We are thrilled that STUDIOCANAL, Focus Features and Monumental are making this movie celebrating our daughter Amy's extraordinary music legacy and showcasing her talent in the way that it deserves."

Featured Image Credit: Splash News

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Music

Jake Massey
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