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Marisa Abela’s Full-Scale Vocal Performance in Amy Winehouse Biopic

In the eagerly awaited biopic “Back To Black,” which unravels the intricate tapestry of Amy Winehouse’s life and artistic journey, Marisa Abela takes center stage not just as an actress but as the voice behind Winehouse’s haunting melodies. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film delves into Winehouse’s vibrant yet tumultuous life in London, mapping her ascent into musical stardom. Abela, alongside a stellar cast including Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Juliet Cowan, and Lesley Manville, brings a raw and authentic portrayal of Winehouse, complete with performing all of the songs herself from start to finish.

Taylor-Johnson revealed Abela’s commitment to embodying Winehouse’s musical legacy, starting from the very foundation of vocal training. Initially unsure of her singing capabilities, Abela undertook the challenge head-on, leading to a pivotal moment at Abbey Road Studios where she performed all of Winehouse’s songs for the movie. This not only showcased her dedication but also her transformation into the soulful singer, a feat Taylor-Johnson describes as “a huge feat.”

The casting process for the role of Winehouse was meticulous, with Taylor-Johnson seeking an actress who could capture Winehouse’s essence beyond mere physical resemblance. Abela’s audition stood out for her decision to present herself authentically, eschewing the temptation to mimic Winehouse’s iconic look. This choice, according to Taylor-Johnson, was pivotal in her casting, as Abela’s natural presence and quiet confidence before the camera mirrored the soulful intensity Winehouse was known for.

“Back To Black” promises to be a cinematic homage to Winehouse’s legacy, enriched by Abela’s vocal and dramatic portrayal. Set to hit cinemas on April 12, the biopic aims to celebrate Winehouse’s life, her unparalleled contribution to music, and the indelible mark she left on her fans and the industry.

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