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Industry star Marissa Abella emerges as front-runner to play Amy Winehouse in biopic Back to Black

A new favorite has reportedly emerged to play Amy Winehouse in the biopic about her life, Back to Black.

According to DiversityMarisa Abella, 25, one of the stars of HBO and BBC drama Industry, is in discussions for the role of the singer.

They report that the role was always intended to go to a newcomer, not a pop star, and that there are other actresses in the mix.

Wanted role: A new front-runner has reportedly emerged to play Amy Winehouse in biopic about her life Back to Black (pictured Amy)

Wanted role: A new front-runner has reportedly emerged to play Amy Winehouse in the biopic of her life Back to Black

The British actress is best known for her role as Yasmin Kara-Hanani in the London-set financial thriller Industry.

She also starred in the Sky TV series COBRA and appeared alongside James Norton in the crime thriller Rogue Agent.

Marissa has also been cast in the highly anticipated Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig.

She described her first day on set alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as “completely surreal” – and revealed viewers are expecting a lot more.

Newcomer: They report that the role was always intended to go to a newcomer, not a pop star, and that there are other actresses in the mix

Newcomer: They report that the role was always intended to go to a newcomer, not a pop star, and that there are other actresses in the mix

As she steps into her new role, which has yet to be revealed, Marissa said she was “incredibly excited” to be cast.

Speaking of British Vogue, she said, “I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, so all I’ll say is that the pictures you’ve seen barely scratch the surface. I see people online going crazy over certain outfits and I think, just wait until you see the rest.

Film fans may also recognize Marissa’s mother, who is also an actress, from the long-running BBC show Grange Hill. Caroline Gruber played Miss Washington in British TV series and also starred in the 2017 film Insubordination.

The rising star grew up watching her mother work in TV, film and the West End – but Marissa says that didn’t really encourage her to enter the world of showbiz.

Rising star: The British actress is best known for her role as Yasmin Kara-Hanani in the London-set financial thriller Industry (pictured at the British Vogue Self-Portrait Summer Party with Jamie Bogio)

Rising star: The British actress is best known for her role as Yasmin Kara-Hanani in the London-set financial thriller Industry (pictured at the British Vogue Self-Portrait Summer Party with Jamie Bogio)

Instead, she was rejected by the industry, thinking she didn’t have the nerve for it.

“I think I rebelled against it because I saw that it took a lot of courage and it scared me quite a bit,” she said Air mail.

“I was going to be a human rights lawyer.”

However, while filling her childhood with sports such as swimming, netball and horse riding, Marissa is still involved in youth theatre.

In English and drama classes, she takes a passionate interest in the plays she studies and appears in several school productions.

At 18, she was encouraged by her drama teacher to take classes at a local youth theater school, The Theater Workshop, which allowed her to explore the more serious side of acting outside of musical theatre.

Doing well for herself: Marissa has also been cast in the highly anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie movie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling

Doing well for herself: Marissa has also been cast in the highly anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie movie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling

Although she showed early promise in acting, Marissa originally intended to study history and law at University College London to pursue her big dream of becoming a human rights lawyer.

But when she went to visit UCL, Marissa was drawn to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), which was just down the road.

Within weeks, she puts her university place on hold and enrolls at the prestigious drama school, for which she must pass four rounds of auditions, which culminate in a day-long workshop.

In an interview with The theater workshop, she said: “For some reason I’ve always given my best work at RADA and the Guildhall. Something about the environment that the two schools create…I found it easier to connect with myself and create real work.”

“I’ve always had a passion for acting and theatre…I’ve always been so interested in human beings and how we interact with each other.”

When she moved to the capital to study, Marissa admitted she was a homebody and would miss her mother’s cooking.

She said: “All I’m stressing about at the moment is how my mum makes her mashed potatoes so smooth because I can’t go without mashed potatoes for too long.

The star also has Jamie Adams’ She’s Love coming up, about an estranged divorced couple who get back together to revisit the past, where Marissa will star alongside Haley Bennett and Sam Reilly.

Superstar: The film is expected to follow her life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise to global superstardom with her second album, 2006's Back to Black, which featured her hit single Rehab

Superstar: The film is expected to follow her life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise to global superstardom with her second album, 2006’s Back to Black, which featured her hit single Rehab

Meanwhile, Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed on to direct the biopic, now titled Back to Black , the same name of Winehouse’s 2006 breakthrough album, via Deadline.

The project is said to be progressing quickly, with Taylor-Johnson working from a script by Matt Greenhalgh.

The film is expected to follow her life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise to global superstardom with her second album, 2006’s Back to Black, which featured her hit single Rehab.

She became one of only five women at the time to win five Grammys in one night, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The singer had a long battle with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her career, passing away in 2011 aged just 27 from alcohol poisoning.

Documentary: A24's 2015 documentary Amy won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, although it will be the first biopic to deal with her life, although other versions are in the works

Documentary: A24’s 2015 documentary Amy won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, although it will be the first biopic to deal with her life, although other versions are in the works

A24’s 2015 documentary Amy won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, although it will be the first biopic to deal with her life, although other versions are in the works.

In 2015, it was announced that Noomi Rapace had signed on to star in a Winehouse biopic from Lotus Entertainment.

Kristen Sheridan, the daughter of In America director Jim Sheridan, was set to direct and write the script, though it never moved forward.

Director: Four years later, the project moved to StudioCanal with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing, although both Owen and Hayward remain producers, along with Tracy Seward

Director: Four years later, the project moved to StudioCanal with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing, although both Owen and Hayward remain producers, along with Tracy Seward

It was then announced in October 2018 that the Winehouse family had signed a biopic deal with Monumental Pictures.

Kinky Boots screenwriter Jeff Dean was brought in to write the script, with Alison Owen and Debra Hayward producing.

Four years later, the project moved to StudioCanal with Taylor-Johnson, although both Owen and Hayward remain producers, along with Tracy Seward.

The project is being made with the “full support” of the Winehouse estate, and the director will begin the search for the actress to play Winehouse in the coming weeks.

Taylor-Johnson began her career directing music videos, including Elton John’s I want Love and The Weeknd’s Earned It.

She made her feature film debut with 2015’s Fifty Shades of Gray and went on to direct A Million Little Pieces and two episodes of Amazon’s Solos.

Career: She made her feature film debut with 2015's Fifty Shades of Gray and went on to direct A Million Little Pieces and two episodes of Amazon's Solos

Career: She made her feature film debut with 2015’s Fifty Shades of Gray and went on to direct A Million Little Pieces and two episodes of Amazon’s Solos

Industry star Marissa Abella emerges as front-runner to play Amy Winehouse in biopic Back to Black

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