A biopic about the late singer Amy Winehouse's life is in the works and could be released in "a year or two", claims her father Mitch, and it will star an unknown actress from north London in the title role.

Former London cabbie Mitch has previously hit out at director Asif Kapadia's portrayal of his relationship with his daughter in the hugely successful 2015 documentary, Amy. 

Mitch Winehouse pictured with his ex-wife Janis and actress Barbra Windsor at the Amy Winehouse statue in Camden, London 

Speaking on The Morning After podcast, Mitch said: "We’ve got a lovely movie, a lovely Broadway show coming, and that’s how we’ll get our own back, by portraying Amy the way she was."

He added, "The movie is gonna be in a year or two. We’ve gone beyond talks, we’re at script stage. The film is going to be a biopic."

Asked who would portray Amy, who died in July 2011 at the age of 27, in the title role, he said: "The casting will be - and I get to choose, with recommendations from the producer - a star-maker. 

"We’re gonna get an unknown actress, ideally a Jewish girl from north or east London who looks a bit like Amy and talks like Amy."

Mitch Winehouse previously said the biopic might be in the same style as recent music films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman.

"A different story of course, but it will be going along similar lines I guess, although we haven’t got that far. It’s all very exciting," he told the NME. 

Speaking to RTÉ Entertaimment in 2015 about Mitch’s criticism of his documentary, Kapadia said, "I interviewed a lot of people for the film and a lot of people said a lot of stuff, a lot of the footage showed what was going on and we felt that it was only right by her and everyone we’d spoken to, to try and reveal what was really going on around Amy."