Marisa Abela is Amy Winehouse’s double as she portrays key moments of late singer’s heartbreaking story in teaser trailer for controversial biopic Back To Black

The teaser trailer for the controversial biopic about Amy Winehouse, Back To Black, was released on Thursday, showing the late singer’s rise to fame.

The film stars Marisa Abela as Amy, and the teaser sees the actress, 27, completely transform into the musician, who died from alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011.

The clip begins with crowds chanting Amy’s name as she appears on stage, while Marisa adopts an uncanny impression of Amy’s North London accent.

In a voiceover, she says: ‘I don’t write songs to be famous. I write songs because I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t.’

Marisa’s rendition of Amy’s 2007 song Back To Black then plays as the Industry star appears, looking the spitting image of the hitmaker with her signature winged eyeliner and monroe piercing above her lip.

The teaser trailer for the controversial biopic about Amy Winehouse , Back To Black, was released on Thursday, showing the late singer’s rise to fame

The film stars Marisa Abela as Amy, and the teaser sees the actress, 27, completely transform into the musician

The film stars Marisa Abela as Amy, and the teaser sees the actress, 27, completely transform into the musician

Amy tragically died from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27 in July 2011, after struggling with substance abuse, mental illness and addiction (Amy pictured in 2006)

Amy tragically died from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27 in July 2011, after struggling with substance abuse, mental illness and addiction (Amy pictured in 2006)

She is seen beginning to play gigs, getting her famous tattoos and having her hair swept back into Amy’s iconic beehive by Lesley Manville, playing Amy’s grandmother, Cynthia.

The trailer also hints at Amy’s tumultuous romance with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is played by Jack O’Connell.

The couple are seen posing together, smoking in the park on Primrose Hill and running hand-in-hand down the streets.

The famous moment that Amy won Record Of The Year for Rehab at the Grammys in 2008 is also glimpsed, with the set and costumes recreated in painstaking detail.

There are also brief sightings of Eddie Marsan and Juliet Cowan playing Amy’s parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse.

Her rise to fame is captured, as Marisa says: ‘I want people to hear my voice and just forget their troubles’ as she visits Island Records and performs on stage.

But there are also glimpses of her struggles with mental illness and addiction, with Marisa being seen in tears running away from paparazzi, appearing outside court, and quipping: ‘You gotta remember, I ain’t no Spice Girl’.

A final shot sees her emotionally singing Back To Black in the recording studio, while she declares: ‘I wanna be remembered, for just being me.’

Marisa's rendition of Amy's 2007 song Back To Black plays as the Industry star appears, looking the spitting image of the hitmaker with her signature winged eyeliner and monroe piercing above her lip

Marisa’s rendition of Amy’s 2007 song Back To Black plays as the Industry star appears, looking the spitting image of the hitmaker with her signature winged eyeliner and monroe piercing above her lip

She adopts an uncanny impression of Amy's North London accent as she says: 'I don't write songs to be famous. I write songs because I don't know what I'd do if I didn't'

She adopts an uncanny impression of Amy’s North London accent as she says: ‘I don’t write songs to be famous. I write songs because I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t’

She is seen beginning to play gigs, getting her famous tattoos and having her hair swept back into Amy's iconic beehive by Lesley Manville, playing Amy’s grandmother, Cynthia (pictured)

She is seen beginning to play gigs, getting her famous tattoos and having her hair swept back into Amy’s iconic beehive by Lesley Manville, playing Amy’s grandmother, Cynthia (pictured)

The trailer also hints at Amy's tumultuous romance with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is played by Jack O'Connell (pictured)

The trailer also hints at Amy’s tumultuous romance with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who is played by Jack O’Connell (pictured)

The couple are seen posing together, smoking in the park on Primrose Hill and running hand-in-hand down the streets

The couple are seen posing together, smoking in the park on Primrose Hill and running hand-in-hand down the streets

The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is set to come out in theatres in the UK on April 12 and May 10 in the U.S.

The biopic has been described as ‘a never-before-seen glimpse into Amy Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album, Back To Black,’ according to Focus Features.

Told from Amy’s perspective, the film takes an unapologetic look at the woman who transforms into a global pop star, and the relationship that inspired one of the most legendary albums of all time.

Amy predominantly based the Back To Black album on her on and off relationship with Blake, 41, who she had broken up with prior to its release in October 2006.

He had left the then rising star to pursue his previous ex-girlfriend, but in the end their short-lived separation helped inspired her to create a batch of songs that explore themes of guilt, grief, infidelity, heartbreak and trauma in a relationship.

Catching on with a wide variety of people, Back To Black sent her celebrity star soaring on the heels of five hit songs: Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Back To Black, Tears Dry On Their Own and Love Is A Losing Game.

The on-off couple ended up getting back together to get married in 2007 in Miami, but were pictured months later after a furious bust-up where it emerged they had been taking heroin.

The following year Blake landed in prison for eight months after admitting perverting the course of justice and GBH and he filed for divorce in 2009. 

The famous moment that Amy won Record Of The Year in 2008 is also glimpsed, with the set and costumes recreated in painstaking detail

The famous moment that Amy won Record Of The Year in 2008 is also glimpsed, with the set and costumes recreated in painstaking detail

At the 2008 Grammys, Amy won five out of her six nominations, becoming the first British woman to win five Grammys and tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night (Amy pictured at ceremony)

At the 2008 Grammys, Amy won five out of her six nominations, becoming the first British woman to win five Grammys and tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night (Amy pictured at ceremony)

There are also brief sightings of Eddie Marsan and Juliet Cowan playing Amy's parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse (pictured)

There are also brief sightings of Eddie Marsan and Juliet Cowan playing Amy’s parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse (pictured)

He has admitted to introducing Amy into heroin and is seen by many of her fans as responsible for her addiction and partly to blame for her death from alcohol poisoning.

The biopic has been teased for several years after Amy’s estate signed a deal to make a biopic about her life and career in 2018.

However, the film has attracted significant controversy prior to its release with many accusing the project of ‘exploiting the singer’s legacy’ and ‘capitalising off her trauma’.

Fans have taken to social media to protest the movie and have said they will boycott it because they believe that people should ‘let her rest.’

Amy’s grief-stricken friends have also spoken out against the biopic, believing it is early for such a film to be made and fuming that the makers of the film failed to consult them about Amy’s life.

They claim that executives working on Back To Black have not been in touch to ask about their memories of the late singer, raising fears that the film will be inaccurate.

One told The Mail on Sunday that they are also unhappy at the casting of Marisa because, despite the near perfect wig she wears and the identical tattoos, they do not think she looks like the Rehab singer.

They also contrast the Roedean-educated actress’ social background with London-born Amy, who was known for her streetwise persona.

Her rise to fame is captured, as Marisa says: 'I want people to hear my voice and just forget their troubles' as she visits Island Records and performs on stage

Her rise to fame is captured, as Marisa says: ‘I want people to hear my voice and just forget their troubles’ as she visits Island Records and performs on stage

But there are also glimpses of her struggles with mental illness and addiction, with Marisa being seen in tears running away from paparazzi

But there are also glimpses of her struggles with mental illness and addiction, with Marisa being seen in tears running away from paparazzi

She's also seen with her father appearing outside court, and quipping: 'You gotta remember, I ain't no Spice Girl'

She’s also seen with her father appearing outside court, and quipping: ‘You gotta remember, I ain’t no Spice Girl’

A final shot sees her emotionally singing Back To Black in the recording studio, while she declares: 'I wanna be remembered, for just being me'

A final shot sees her emotionally singing Back To Black in the recording studio, while she declares: ‘I wanna be remembered, for just being me’

The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is set to come out in theatres in the UK on April 12, described as 'a never-before-seen glimpse into Amy Winehouse's early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album, Back To Black'

The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and is set to come out in theatres in the UK on April 12, described as ‘a never-before-seen glimpse into Amy Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album, Back To Black’

The friend said: ‘Nobody consulted us about Amy. How can it be authentic and accurate if they don’t know the real Amy or the truth about what happened in her final years? We are against this and we are upset. Amy was absolutely striking.’ 

However, Amy’s father Mitch defended the casting decision, saying Marisa is a ‘great choice’, and arguing it doesn’t matter if they ‘don’t look exactly alike’.

Chatting with TMZ on the upcoming release, Mitch said: ‘Marisa is Marisa and Amy is Amy… so it’s no big deal if they aren’t mirror images. Marisa is a great choice for the role.’

He continued that Eddie, who is playing Mitch, doesn’t look exactly like him either, noting: ‘There’s too much emphasis on looks. Because there’s plenty of Hollywood examples of actors not looking like their real-life character.’

As an administrator of his daughter’s estate, Mitch has given his backing to the new movie with some proceeds going to the charity set up in her name.

He did admit that he has clashed with director Sam over the film, insisting some of his flaws were shown on screen.

‘I sent the first script back,’ he told The Mail on Sunday. ‘It made me look like a saint – like I should be knighted. It was too much.’ 

Amy predominantly based the Back To Black album on her on and off relationship with Blake, 41, who she had broken up with prior to its release in October 2006 (pictured together 2007)

Amy predominantly based the Back To Black album on her on and off relationship with Blake, 41, who she had broken up with prior to its release in October 2006 (pictured together 2007)

The on-off couple ended up getting back together to get married in 2007, but the following year Blake landed in prison for eight months and he filed for divorce in 2009 (pictured 2007)

The on-off couple ended up getting back together to get married in 2007, but the following year Blake landed in prison for eight months and he filed for divorce in 2009 (pictured 2007)

He has admitted to introducing Amy into heroin and is seen by many of her fans as responsible for her addiction and partly to blame for her death from alcohol poisoning (pictured last year)

He has admitted to introducing Amy into heroin and is seen by many of her fans as responsible for her addiction and partly to blame for her death from alcohol poisoning (pictured last year)

However, the film has attracted significant controversy prior to its release with many accusing the project of 'exploiting the singer's legacy' and 'capitalising off her trauma' (Amy in 2007)

However, the film has attracted significant controversy prior to its release with many accusing the project of ‘exploiting the singer’s legacy’ and ‘capitalising off her trauma’ (Amy in 2007)

But Amy's father Mitch defended the casting decision of Marisa and given his backing to the film, with some proceeds going to the charity set up in her name (pictured with Amy 2007)

But Amy’s father Mitch defended the casting decision of Marisa and given his backing to the film, with some proceeds going to the charity set up in her name (pictured with Amy 2007)

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