It's possible that any we slice it, the cast of the movie musical Nine will be getting a heavy-hitting, Oscar-winning actor for the role of Guido Contini. Originally the part was going to be played by sexy Javier Bardem, but he recently dropped out due to exhaustion.
Now Daniel Day-Lewis is eying the role of Guido who is described as "a famous film director who experiences personal and creative crisis while trying to balance all the women in his life."
Rob Marshall (director of Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha) is directing the film, an adaptation of the stage musical which was an adaptation of the Fellini film 8 1/2.
The incredible women rounding out the rest of the cast include Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench.
We can see Javier in the upcoming Woody Allen movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and I've been itching to see what Daniel Day-Lewis will do next. His movie projects always seem like carefully weighed decisions so we know it's got to be something special if he does end up putting his seal of approval on this one.
Of course, a spokesperson for the Weinstein Co. is saying to Variety that any casting rumors at this point are "pure conjecture" but still, how great would this be?