Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, has thrown his support behind the controversial casting of the upcoming biopic ‘Back to Black’.
Starring Marisa Abela as the seven-time Grammy winner, the biopic was criticized after fans pointed out the actress looked nothing like the late singer.
But the ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ hitmaker’s father shut down the criticism, saying the 26-year-old was a ‘great choice’ to play his daughter, who died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011.
“Marisa is a great choice for the role, even though she doesn’t look exactly like Amy,” he told TMZ after the first images from the film were released.
“It’s okay if it’s not mirror images,” he added.
Mitch went on to point out that actor Eddie Marsan – who plays him in the biopic – “don’t look like me either.”
An early photo from “Back to Black” released earlier this month shows Abela dressed in costume as the late singer. She also sports Amy’s locks, tattoos, and winged eyeliner.
But it didn’t take long for critics to rush to social media to slam the cast, with only one person Tweeter“They want us to believe that she looks so much like Amy Winehouse and it doesn’t work.”
“Sam Taylor Johnson looks more like Amy Winehouse than the lead actress” another wrotereferring to the director of the film.
“It looks nothing like MA Amy. I hate those biopics that feature people who look nothing like the person. Just make a documentary to tell her the truth,” a third reviewer added.
Filmed in London, the biopic – made with the full support of his surviving family – is based on Winehouse’s rise to greatness, as well as his tragic death.
‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson – the wife of James Bond favorite Aaron Taylor-Johnson – is directing, and his ‘Nowhere Boy’ collaborator, screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh, is writing the script.
No release date has yet been set for the film.