In the same week that Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy was released on DVD, it has been reported that Swedish actress (and star of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) Noomi Rapace, is in talks to play Amy Winehouse in a brand new biopic.
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The film will be directed by Irish filmmaker Kristen Sheridan, whose previous films include 2007’s August Rush, starring Robin Williams. She also co-wrote the 2001 film, In America, for which she received an Oscar nomination. Apparently, music rights negotiations are underway with Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, who famously slammed Amy, claiming that it was “both misleading and contains some basic untruths.”
Despite the family’s objections, Amy received critical acclaim when it was released in cinemas earlier this year, and will surely be a tough act to follow for Sheridan and, if rumours are to be believed, Noomi Rapace as the leading lady.
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But this isn’t the only musical biopic Noomi is attached to. In May it was announced that she will play legendary opera singer Maria Callas, in Niki Caro’s Callas. With several other projects on the horizon, it looks like 2016 will be a busy year for the actress.
At the moment the new film is untitled, so we’ll have to wait to see what happens next. But Kristen Sheridan commented: “Amy’s music is felt so deeply by the audience because it was deeply personal. Her vulnerability was her strength. She was called many things — a diva, a lost soul preyed upon by tabloids, a tortured genius; our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art.”