Photo Credit: David James 2009 The Weinstein Co.
Penelope Cruz in lingerie, rolling around on silk sheets. Daniel Day-Lewis in a tight suit, driving a sportscar through the Italian countryside. Kate Hudson in go-go boots, shimmying down a runway. Is Nine going to be the sexiest movie musical ever?
The new trailer comes to us in music video form, with Hudson singing about her lust for Day-Lewis' character, Guido. Surprise, surprise: Kate Hudson can sing like a pro and dance like Britney. (Could this be the start of a whole new career?) And like the teaser trailer, this one has lots of shots of its A-list cast looking beguiling in skimpy dance clothes.
There's something else the two trailers have in common: They don't tell you what the movie's about. That's because the plot is a little perplexing. Basically, it's Daniel Day-Lewis' midlife crisis, set to music. As successful Italian filmmaker Guido, Day-Lewis finds himself with a marriage on the rocks (his wife is played by Marion Cotillard) and a film he just can't seem to make. Trying to break through his mental and emotional block, Guido dreams of all the women in his life, past and present -- from his mother (Sofia Loren) to a prostitute he befriended as a boy (Fergie), to his actress muse (Nicole Kidman), to his mistress (Penelope Cruz) to his producer (Judi Dench). As he confronts each of these women in his mind, Guido decides that his new movie will be improvised from real life: a final reckoning with everyone he's ever loved. And then there's all that singing and dancing.
Nine was a hit Broadway musical in 1982, when it starred Raul Julia. It was revived in 2003 with Antonio Banderas (who was considered for the film) and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski, who won a Tony for the role that Cruz will play in the movie.
And of course, the musical is based on a 1963 autobiographical movie by director Federico Fellini. One of the original reviews said this of the Fellini film: "It is like a series of acrobats that a tight-rope walker tries to execute high above the crowd... always on the verge of falling and being smashed on the ground. But at just the right moment, the acrobat knows how to perform the right somersault," Now substitute "somersault" with "dance step" and you'll see what Nine is trying to pull off.
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