From what I know of “Nine” (and honestly that is not much) is that is based on an Italian play by Mario Fratti inspired by Federico Fellini's autobiographical film 8 1/2.
It focuses on film director Guido Contini, savoring his most recent (and greatest) success but facing his fortieth birthday and a midlife crisis blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in his life.
The Weinstein Company has the rights, with “Chicago” director Rob Marshall at the helm. So far he actors who have been approached are Javier Bardem (Contini), Marion Cotillard as Luisa (his wife), Penelope Cruz as Carla (his mistress), Catherine Zeta Jones as Claudia (his muse) and Sophie Loren (his dead mother). There is no word on who would play the agent (Liliane).
The cast does sound completely dreamy, however, why not get some of the revival cast? Jane Krakowski won a Tony for her performance as Carla, and we all know she is a triple threat (singing, acting and dancing).
This new trend of casting non musical actors in musical films is kind of stunt casting….so we all flock to the cinema to see if they can really sing.
I guess the actors who take on these roles take them to prove appoint, a kind of ‘I can do anything’ ego trip. This is all well and good until you look at all the actors and actresses who can sing and dance and act, but are ignored by Hollywood because they are shackled in the confines of Broadway.
Such a shame for the rest of the world. Those of us in the know, however, get to see these stars shine the brightest out of all.