Daniel Day-Lewis Signed for Nine Film; Rehearsals to Start in July; Shooting September
In statements released about director Rob Marshall switching agencies from ICM to CAA, Marshall commented on the Nine movie noting that "I am thrilled to report that everything on my film Nine is moving forward with great momentum. Daniel Day-Lewis' deal was closed last week and we are on schedule to begin rehearsals in London on July 28 with shooting to commence September 29."
Day-Lewis replaced the previously attached Javier Bardem who left the project a few weeks ago citing exhaustion. Variety recently confirmed recent casting rumors noting that Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench are attached to the film as well.†
Nine is a musical with a book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and is based off of Fredrico Fellini's movie 8 1/2. The play tells the story of a young film maker living in Venice trying to juggle all of the women in his life.
The Broadway production, directed by Tommy Tune and choreographed by Thommie Walsh, opened on May 9, 1982 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 729 performances. The cast included Raķl JuliŠ as Guido, Karen Akers as Luisa, Liliane Montevecchi as Liliane, Anita Morris as Carla, Shelly Burch as Claudia, and Taina Elg as Guido's mother. Replacements later in the run included Bert Convy and Sergio Franchi as Guido, Maureen McGovern as Luisa, and Priscilla Lopez as Liliane. The musical won five Tony Awards, including best musical.