EW has confirmed that Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who starred in the first filmed adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, is in talks to star in Amy Winehouse, the film being written and directed by Kirsten Sheridan (August Rush). Screen Daily broke the news.
Negotiations are reportedly underway to secure the music rights from the singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, who handles her estate. Mitch was recently in the news for condemning Asif Kapadia’s portrayal of him in Amy, the documentary released earlier this year by A24.
Like casting any biopic for someone whose imagine and persona became iconic, Rapace will no doubt come under scrutiny from Winehouse fans. Apart from the actress’s Swedish heritage and lack of an authentic English accent, the age different between Rapace and Winehouse is noteworthy. The songstress was 27 when she died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, while Rapace will turn 36 next month.