Noomi Rapace in Talks to Play Amy Winehouse in Biopic

Kristen Sheridan is writing and directing indie drama based on late singer’s life

Last Updated: November 6, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Amy Winehouse’s life and death is getting the biopic treatment, and Noomi Rapace is in talks to play the late singer, TheWrap has learned.

Kristen Sheridan is writing and directing the film titled “Amy Winehouse,” which is being financed and produced by Lotus Entertainment. Filmmakers are also in negotiations to obtain rights to use her music.

Maurer and Alixandre Witlin of City Entertainment and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica are producing, with Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson, Ara Keshishian and Angus Sutherland on board as executive producers. Joshua Maurer is also on board.

Winehouse rose to international fame with her second album, Back to Black, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 2006. She died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning.

“We are honored to be bringing Amy’s heart-breaking life story to the screen and to be working with such a gifted filmmaker as Kirsten Sheridan,” said Sutherland in a statement. “After the huge success of documentary ‘Amy’ this year, audiences worldwide have been left with a compelling appetite to delve even deeper into the story of one of Britain’s most iconic soul singers – there is not a better actress to embody the complexities of this role than Noomi Rapace.”

Rapace is a BAFTA-nominated actress who earned mainstream “leading-lady” status with the original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and has gone on to star in such hit films as “Prometheus” opposite Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron; “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law; and “The Drop” opposite Tom Hardy. She is represented by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment.