The Weinstein Bros. are in talks with a slate of Hollywood song-and-dance types to star in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Nine.
According to Variety, The Weinstein Company is negotiating with Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sophia Loren, Javier Bardem and newcomer Marion Cotillard (who recently played Edith Piaf in the highly-praised biopic, La Vie En Rose) to appear in the adaptation.
Bardem follows Raul Julia in the role–Julia played director Guido Contini, who, in the musical inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2, must juggle his many lovers and his career; Antonio Banderas played the role in the revival.
Loren would play Contini’s mother, who appears in the musical as a ghost.
Michael Tolkin is writing the screenplay; Rob Marshall will choreograph; and Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, who did the original book and music and lyrics respectively, are executive producers.