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A sneak peek at Rob Marshall's film version of 'Nine'

May 14, 2009 |  4:52 pm

Sure, we at Culture Monster know that you can't judge a film by its trailer. But after seeing the just-released trailer for Rob Marshall's film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Nine," we have to admit we're hopeful. 

The musical, based on Federico Fellini's 1963 film "8 1/2," revolves around a famous film director, Guido Contini, who is going through a bit of a creative and personal crisis involving the many many women in his life -- past and present. The original 1982 production, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, won the Tony Award for best musical, as well as four others, including one for a not-yet-big-time director-choreographer, Tommy Tune. Not to be outdone, David Leveaux's gauzy remake picked up its own Tony for best revival in 2003. Leveaux's "Nine" featured Antonio Banderas, making his Broadway debut as Guido, and "30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski, who picked up a best featured actress Tony for her sexy turn as Carla (which included an unforgettable Cirque du Soleil acrobatic-style entrance).

Marshall, of course, is no stranger to Broadway ("Cabaret" revival, "Little Me") or to film musicals ("Chicago"). And with a cast that features Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman,  Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Stacy Ferguson (a.k.a. Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas) -- can this possibly miss?

The film is scheduled to come out in November. Until then, we have our fingers crossed.

--Lisa Fung

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