After Javier Bardem withdrew from the upcoming screen adaptation of the Broadway show ‘Nine‘, Daniel Day-Lewis will assume the leading role, reports Weekly Variety.
Day-Lewis will play the Italian film director Guido Contini.
Guido is conflicted by his artistic drive, sexual desires and his Catholicism, and Raul Julia, who was Puerto Rican, originated the role for the musical in 1982. Antonio Banderas, starred in a successful 2003 Broadway revival.
For the movie, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench have been widely mentioned to star as two of the many women in Guido’s life, while Marion Cotillard, screen legend Sophia Loren and Penelope Cruz have already been cast.
The movie, scheduled for release next year, is to be directed by Chicago‘s Rob Marshall. Harvey Weinstein, whose former studio released the 2002 Chicago and 1989’s My Left Foot, which brought Day-Lewis his first Best Actor Oscar, is producing.
I just hope Day-Lewis won’t regret for this move.