Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis have been tapped to compose the music for Sam Taylor-Johnson's upcoming Amy Winehouse biopic, Back to black. The film stars Marisa Abela as the late artist and features a number of Winehouse hits, recorded by the lead actress. Cave and Ellis will provide non-diegetic music for the project; a new Variety The report says the collaborators have already recorded about 20 to 30 minutes of the score.
Of Cave and Ellis' musical contributions to his film, Taylor-Johnson said in press materials: “Nick and Warren were the only musicians in my mind who could compose music. Back to black. Over the years, I listened to everything they composed and I wanted to realize the dream of working together. Their sensitivity as well as their understanding of this story led to a profoundly profound and moving film score.
Back to black releases in UK cinemas on April 12 and arrives in the US on May 17. The film charts Winehouse's London upbringing and meteoric rise to fame before her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. The cast also includes Jack O'Connell as Winehouse's ex. her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, Eddie Marsan as Mitch Winehouse, Juliet Cowan as Janis Winehouse and Lesley Manville as Amy's grandmother Cynthia.
Cave and Ellis have composed music for several films together, including Proposal, The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, The roadand more recently, the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blond.