NY Daily News reports Catherine Zeta-Jones has withdrawn
from the cast of Rob Marshall's up-coming film adaptation of the musical Nine.
Zeta-Jones was originally slated to appear as Claudia, the luscious star
and muse to on-screen director, Guido Contini.
The article states: "The strong-willed actress won't be in
the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical – allegedly because director
Rob Marshall wouldn't give in to her demand to beef up her role...Marshall is said to have
politely told her the script couldn't be changed so dramatically."
In September, the Pittsburgh
Post Gazette had announced: "For his upcoming film of the musical Nine, Rob Marshall confirmed that the
star around whom all revolves will be Javier Bardem. Penelope Cruz will be his
mistress; Marion Cotillard (of La Vie en
Rose), his wife; Catherine Zeta-Jones, the luscious star, Claudia; and
Sophia Loren, his mother... Rob says an unbelievable array of Hollywood names were willing to do the
unthinkable and audition, to show their musical chops."
around one central character, Guido Contini, a film director in the Fellini
mold. He is contracted to write and direct a film, but is unable to come up
with a suitable plot. After recent box office failures, he finds himself
drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Guido finds himself examining his past
flawed relationships with the many women who have come through his life and the
struggle to act his mature age of 40 – as opposed to nine.
The film version is adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter
and novelist Michael Tolkin, with original music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and
original book by Arthur Kopit. Kopit and
Yeston are both executive producers of the up-coming film. Academy
Award-winning director Marshall and Weinstein last worked together on Chicago via Miramax
films. Nine will be produced by Marshall and John DeLuca
and choreograped by the pair, as well.
Bardem's many Spanish screen-credits include Goya's Ghosts and The Dancer Upstairs. His
latest film-projects are Love in the Time
of Cholera and the Coen Brothers' No
Country of Old Men, adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel. Cruz has appeared in Volver, Vanilla Sky, and Blow. Cruz and Bardem are currently
working in Woody Allen's next film.
Cotillard made her break-through performance this summer as Edith Piaf
in La Vie en Rose.
Nine, set in
Venice, Italy in the 1960s, debuted on Broadway in 1982, and won several Tony
Awards including Best Musical, Best Direction (Tommy Tune), Best Original Score
(Yeston), Best Featured Actress (Liliane Montevecchi), and Best Costumes
(William Ivey Long).
The 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Revival featured Antonio
Banderas and Chita Rivera, with Jane Krakowski (2003 Best Featured Actress in a
Musical), Laura Benanti (The Wedding Singer) and Mary Stuart Masterson, among
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