Casting For Nine
Rob Marshall's next movie musical -- Nine, the Tony winner by composer Maury Yeston, which is itself based on Federico Fellini's legendary film 8 1/2 -- has finally made its casting offers. Javier Bardem, best known for Before Night Falls (and an Oscar contender this year for the Coen Brothers' upcoming No Country For Old Men) is in negotiations to play the conflicted director Guido Contini; the women in his life will hopefully be Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), Penelope Cruz (Sahara), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and, in an inspired choice, Sophia Loren (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow). I'm not a huge fan of the musical, but many people are, and this cast list is very inspiring. What say you?