Will Daniel Day-Lewis push his acting envelope into new territory? Will he sing?
Word is the Oscar winning actor is in talks to star in the film adaptation of the musical “Nine”.
Raul Julia starred in the musical on Broadway in 1982, creating the role of Guido Contini.
The film is set to be directed by Rob Marshall of “Chicago” fame and produced by the Weinstein company. The Weinsteins were responsible for the distribution of “My Left Foot” in 1989, for which Day-Lewis won an Oscar.
Javier Bordem was supposed to play the role but has reportedly dropped out of the project.
If Day-Lewis takes the role he’ll play Contini, a film director, beleaguered by the women in his life. The musical is based on Fellini’s film “8 1/2″. Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench have been listed as playing the women.
It should be noted that if the casting proceeds as reported it would be Sophia Loren’s first screen appearance since 2004 and her first in a big budget film in quite some time. The film would also be notable for a screenplay that was rewritten by the late Anthony Minghella.
Daniel Day-Lewis has pretty much established himself as an actor who can play just about anyone and anything. True, he hasn’t played a woman or an Orc, but if he takes on this role and sings he’ll likely disappear into vocal training 24/7 until and during the time the film is made. I suspect her won’t take it on unless he believes he can handle the vocals.
There are the usual denials about all of this, but I for one would be pretty happy to see Daniel Day-Lewis in a new film before the next millennium.
And singing? That would mean the already talented, interesting, work without a net, Day-Lewis was going to take it all one step further.
He’d perform a high wire act without the wire.