Not to be confused with Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary about the late singer that released earlier this year, Screen Daily has revealed that a second Amy Winehouse biopic has entered pre-production. Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse, August Rush) will write and direct the biographical feature, which has its crosshairs placed on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starlet Noomi Rapace to assume the title role.
Understood to be in the very early stages, source close to the project claim that Rapace is “in talks” to star as the record-breaking songstress, who tragically passed away from alcohol poisoning in July 2011. She was 27. No word yet on an official title for the new drama, though we imagine it won’t stray too far from the instantly recognizable – and therefore easily marketable – name of the late soul singer.
Despite its critical and commercial success, Kapadia’s biopic was the subject of intense criticism in the wake of its release earlier in the year, not least from Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, who currently handles the songstress’ estate and musical rights. At the time, Mitch expressed that the portrayal of him in the feature film was irresponsible and “very hurtful,” leading him to state that he will work on his own picture telling the life and times of his talented daughter. Whether he will be involved in Sheridan’s feature, however, is still up for question.