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What we know about Back to Black as trailer drops for Amy Winehouse biopic

The singer's life is being immortalised on the silver screen

Marisa Abela as Amy Winehouse in Back To Black. (Studiocanal)
Marisa Abela as Amy Winehouse in Back To Black, which now has a release date. (Studiocanal)

Amy Winehouse had a profound effect on the music industry in a short time, releasing hits like Rehab, Valerie and, of course, Back to Black.

The late singer is set to be immortalised on the silver screen with a new biopic directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, a film that has already garnered some backlash since being announced.

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With news of the forthcoming movie coming in thick and fast, here is everything you need to know about the film and when it will be released.


Is there a trailer for Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black?

MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer Amy Winehouse performs
Back to Black charts Amy Winehouse's (pictured in 2007) rise to fame. (FilmMagic)

The first trailer for Back to Black was released on 11 January with Studio Canal sharing the teaser on social media, it showed a glimpse of the film's story, from Winehouse's early start to her rise to fame and subsequent struggle in the spotlight.

Abela was seen performing Winehouse's hit song Back to Black and performing on stage in now iconic sets from the musician, whilst the story also teased its exploration of Winehouse's relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil.

Watch the trailer for Back to Black below:


When is Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black out?

Marisa Abela as Amy Winehouse in the first look at Sam Taylor-Johnson's Back To Black. (Studiocanal/Focus Features)
Marisa Abela has been pictured in the role with Winehouse's famous beehive. (Studiocanal/Focus Features)

An official release date for Back to Black has been revealed for several territories including the UK, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

The film will be released in the UK and Poland on 12 April, 2024, whilst it has been given a release date of 18 April for Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

Back to Black is also set to be released in France and New Zealand on 25 April, with a release date still to be confirmed for the US.


Who stars in Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Marisa Abela attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2022 at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on November 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Marisa Abela (pictured in 2022) is taking on the role of Amy Winehouse. (Getty Images)

Back to Black will see Marisa Abela take on the role of Winehouse, while the role of the singer's long-term partner Blake Fielder-Civil will be played by Jack O'Connell.

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Eddie Marsan will portray Winehouse's father Mitch, and Lesley Manville is also expected to appear in the movie, and the cast also includes Ansu Kabia, Bronson Webb, and Harley Bird amongst others.

NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06:  Amy Winehouse headlines the main stage on day 2 of Bestival on the Isle of Wight, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Amy Winehouse (pictured in 2008) died in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. (Getty Images)

What is the plot for Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black?

Written by Matt Greenhalgh, the biopic will chart Winehouse's rise to fame and the impact she had on the music industry from the release of her debut album Frank in 2003 to her 2006 follow up Back to Black.

Back to Black will follow Winehouse's humble beginnings and is described as looking at "a journey that took her from the craziness and colour of 90’s Camden High Street to global adoration – and back again".

British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (R), poses for a picture with his wife British filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson during a preview of the film (Bullet Train) in Paris on July 18, 2022. - Come to present the comedy
Sam Taylor-Johnson, pictured with her actor husband Aaron, is director Back to Black. (Getty Images)

The film is expected to "crash through the looking glass of celebrity to watch this journey from behind the mirror, to see what Amy saw, to feel what she felt.”

Winehouse tragically died in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27, during her lifetime she suffered from eating disorders and depression.

Who is making the music for Back to Black?

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will be composing the music for Back to Black. (StudioCanal)
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will be composing the music for Back to Black. (StudioCanal)

It was revealed on Wednesday, 7 February that musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis would be penning the score for Back to Black. Winehouse's hit songs will be performed by Abela in the film, and Cave and Ellis will be on hand to record the soundtrack.

In a statement, Taylor-Johnson said: “Nick and Warren were the only musicians in my mind to score Back to Black. Over the years I’ve listened to everything they’ve composed and longed to realize the dream of working together. Their sensibility as well as understanding of this story has led to a profoundly deep and moving film score.”

Back to Black will premiere in UK cinemas on 12 April, 2024.