Amy Winehouse Biopic Eyes Noomi Rapace to Play Late Singer
There are actually two Amy Winehouse biopics in the works right now — one from August Rush director Kirsten Sheridan, and another that’s being overseen by the late singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, who famously voiced disapproval about his portrayal in this summer’s hit documentary, Amy. The non-dad-approved biopic may be moving along a bit more quickly, as Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is reportedly in talks to play the role of the iconic singer.
According to Screen Daily, Rapace is in discussions to star in the as-yet-titled biopic about the life of the fiercely talented and incredibly troubled singer. Winehouse quickly rose to stardom and became an international sensation upon releasing her highly-acclaimed sophomore album, Back to Black, blending jazz, soul and R&B to create her signature sound.
As evidenced by persistent tabloid reports and chronicled in the documentary Amy, Winehouse struggled with alcohol, drugs and an eating disorder, with her addictions leading to her tragic and untimely demise in 2011.
Rapace is the sort of actor who needs the right part to really click — she’s good in Prometheus and solid in movies like The Drop and the otherwise-forgettable Dead Man Down. She most recently appeared opposite Tom Hardy in the underwhelming dramatic thriller Child 44. Rapace has some facial similarities to the late singer, and it’s entirely possible that she could really pull this biopic off. (For my money, the best Winehouse lookalike isn’t even a woman — it’s Toby Kebbell. Now that’s a movie I’d love to see.)
At any rate, it’ll be interesting to see how these competing Winehouse biopics develop. Given her father’s involvement in the other one, we’re going to be getting two entirely different biopics — one that’s a bit more measured, and one that feels perhaps a little too glossy. Guess which one is which.