Marshall-Directed Film of Nine to Arrive in Cinemas in November

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The eagerly awaited motion picture based on the award-winning Broadway musical Nine will arrive in movie theatres around the country in November 2009.
Daniel Day-Lewis will star in
Daniel Day-Lewis will star in "Nine."

Variety reports that the Rob Marshall-directed film will hit U.S. cinemas Nov. 25.

Daniel Day-Lewis heads the cast of the screen adaptation of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical of the same name. The star of "There Will Be Blood" stepped into the role of Italian filmmaker Guido Contini when it was vacated by an over-worked Javier Bardem.

Casting for the film also includes Penelope Cruz (Carla), Marion Cotillard (Luisa), Sophia Loren (Guido's Mother), Nicole Kidman (Claudia), Kate Hudson (Stephanie) and Judi Dench (Liliane La Fleur) as well as Fergie, Ricky Tognazzi, Giuseppe Cederna, Valerio Mastandrea and Martina Stella. The Weinstein Company produces the venture; Yeston and Kopit are on board as co-executive producers.

Yeston, who won a Tony Award for his score to Nine, has penned three new tunes for the upcoming film. According to the Daily Mail, the new tunes include "Take It All," which will be performed by Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard; and Cinema Italiano, which will be a big dance number performed by a Vogue journalist (Kate Hudson).

The 1982 Broadway musical Nine was inspired by Federico Fellini's film "8 ½." Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Tolkin 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.

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