Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has defended the controversial casting choice for her new biopic.
Actress Marisa Abela has been selected to play the late singer, as shooting is already underway – with many claiming the two aren’t similar enough.
But dad Mitch disagrees with the backlash when he shared this week that the actress is a “great choice,” admitting it doesn’t matter if they “don’t exactly look alike.”
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch says actress Marisa Abela is a ‘great choice’ to play his late daughter in new biopic – as fans decry controversial casting
The Hollywood biopic, titled Back To Black, is currently shooting in London and will document the life of the legendary star until her death at the age of 27.
Mitch chatted to TMZ about the new release about his daughter, saying, “Marisa is Marisa and Amy is Amy… so it doesn’t matter if they’re not mirror images.
‘Marisa is a great choice for the role’
He went on to say that Eddie Marsan, who will play Mitch in the film, doesn’t look exactly like him either, commenting, “There’s too much emphasis on looks.
Similarity? Actress Marisa (pictured left on set) has been selected to play Amy (pictured right in 2007) as shooting is already underway – many argue the two aren’t similar enough
Filming: Mitch went on to say that Eddie Marsan (pictured on set with Marisa), who will play Mitch in the film, doesn’t look exactly like him either, noting, “there’s too much emphasis on looks.”
“Because there are plenty of Hollywood examples of actors who don’t look like their real characters.”
Mitch’s defense comes as the casting choice of Marisa, who is known for playing Yasmin in UKTN One TV series Industry, left many fans divided when they took to social media.
One fan tweeted, “Marisa Abela is a good actress, but anyone who thinks she looks like Amy Winehouse should make an appointment with their ophthalmologist.”
“Marisa Abela doesn’t look like Amy Winehouse at all,” repeated another.
Unconvinced: Mitch’s defense comes as the casting choice of Marisa, who is known for playing Yasmin in UKTN One TV series Industry, left many fans divided when they took to social media
As a third said, ‘It’s not a good choice. #amywinehouse had a natural softness and fragility. but Marisa Abela, as Amy, just looks tough and mean. Sorry’.
Mitch and his wife Janis are the parents of Amy, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, and son Alex, 44.
But while the casting has her parent’s seal of approval, Amy’s friends aren’t so convinced either.
One of them told The Mail on Sunday that they are unhappy with Marisa’s casting because, despite the near-perfect wig she wears and the identical tattoos, she doesn’t think she looks like the Rehab singer.
Close: Amy’s father Mitch inherited her estate when the singer died at age 27 without a will, meaning probate came into play (Mitch and Amy pictured together in 2008)
Difficult: Marisa, who is known for her role on the UKTN show Industry, has faced criticism over the casting as fans claim she’s not the right fit
They also contrast Roedean-educated Mrs. Abela’s social background with London-born Mrs. Winehouse, who was known for her streetwise persona.
“Nobody consulted us about Amy,” the friend said.
How can it be authentic and accurate if they don’t know the real Amy or the truth about what happened in her last years? We are against this and we are angry. Amy was absolutely striking.’
Amy’s friends are also furious with the biopic’s makers for not consulting them about the star’s life. will be inaccurate.
‘I love you, Amy’: Marisa has described Amy as one of her heroes and shared a post on Instagram earlier this month paying tribute to the star
Despite it being almost 12 years since Ms Winehouse became unresponsive in July 2011 at her townhouse in Camden, north London, her bereaved friends still think it’s early to make a film like this.
Sources on the set of Back To Black – directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and named after Ms Winehouse’s 2006 hit album – say shooting will only take eight weeks, which industry insiders say isn’t very long for such a production .
An insider said: “It all feels very fast, almost a bit of breaking and grabbing.”
Many have also questioned the film being made as a whole, accusing the project of “exploiting the singer’s legacy” and “cashing in on her trauma,” with some urging people to “just let her rest.”
Negative: Many have also questioned the film being made as a whole, accusing the project of “exploiting the singer’s legacy” and “capitalizing on her trauma,” with some calling on people to “just let her rest.”