Rob Marshall's "Nine" to Begin Filming in Fall with Day-Lewis, Kidman and More

News   Rob Marshall's "Nine" to Begin Filming in Fall with Day-Lewis, Kidman and More The eagerly awaited film version of the award-winning Broadway musical Nine will begin filming in the fall, according to Variety.
Daniel Day-Lewis will star in
Daniel Day-Lewis will star in "Nine."

Daniel Day-Lewis will head the cast of the Rob Marshall-helmed screen adaptation of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical. The star of "There Will Be Blood" has stepped into the role of Italian filmmaker Guido Contini that was recently vacated by an over-worked Javier Bardem. Confirmed casting for the film also includes Penelope Cruz (Carla), Marion Cotillard (Luisa), Sophia Loren (Guido's Mother), Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench. The Weinstein Company produces the venture; Yeston and Kopit are on board as co-executive producers.

The 1982 Broadway musical Nine was inspired by Federico Fellini's film "8 ½." Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Tolkin has penned the screenplay for the movie musical. The late Oscar-winning writer and director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") was brought in to rewrite Tolkin's screenplay shortly before his death in March.

Nine centers on Guido Contini, a heralded film director (much like Federico Fellini) who, fearing he is losing his touch, escapes to a Venetian spa for rejuvenation. Blurring the lines of fantasy and reality, the women in Contini's life swirl around him: His mother, his wife and his mistress ultimately serve as both distraction and inspiration.

Nine premiered on Broadway in 1982, starring Raul Julia, Anita Morris and Karen Akers. The Tommy Tune-directed production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2003 Broadway saw a revival boasting an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Mary Stuart Masterson. Directed by David Leveaux and reset in the early 1960s, the revival would win two Tonys, including Best Revival.

Director Rob Marshall, who had previously been signed with ICM, has now joined CAA, according to Variety.