Jack O’Connell playing Blake Fielder-Civil in the Amy Winehouse biopic

Jack O’Connell has been cast as Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil in the upcoming biopic about the singer’s life.

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Back To Blackwhich is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and began filming last week, stars Industry‘s Marisa Abela as the late star – who passed away in 2011.

It has now been confirmed that O’Connell, known for his roles in films such as 71 and Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Loverwill portray Fielder-Civil, whom Winehouse married in 2007 before their divorce two years later.

It has also been confirmed by Deadline that Phantom Thread‘s Lesley Manville has joined the cast as Winehouse’s maternal grandmother, while Happy-go-lucky‘s Eddie Marsan will play Mitch Winehouse, the singer’s father.

Amy Winehouse performing at Glastonbury in 2007. Credit: Claire Greenway / Getty Images

Back To Black is set to “focus on Amy’s extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that infused everything she did. A journey that took her from the craziness and color of 90’s Camden High Street to global adoration – and back again, Back To Black It crashes through the looking glass of the celebrity to watch this journey from behind the mirror, to see what Amy saw, to feel what she felt.”

Filming pictures and footage has emerged in the past week, including Abela, O’Connell and Marsan in character.

Matt Greenhalgh has written the script for the film, with Alison Owen, Debra Hayward and Nicky Kentish-Barnes acting as producers.

Amy Winehouse Marisa Abel
Marisa Abel as Amy Winehouse in Back To Black. CREDIT: Focus Features/Studiocanal

The biopic is set to feature songs by Winehouse, and has been given approval by the late singer’s estate.

“We are thrilled that Studiocanal, Focus Features and Monumental are making this movie celebrating our daughter Amy’s extraordinary musical legacy and showcasing her talent in the way it deserves,” a statement from her estate said.

Winehouse’s life was the subject of the 2015 Asif Kapadia documentary Amya film Mitch Winehouse was critical of, as well as the 2021 BBC film Reclaiming Amywhich the singer’s father appeared in.

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