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Cruz, Bardem courted for 'Nine' roles

Aug. 21, 2007 at 2:45 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem are in talks to star in the Hollywood movie version of the musical, "Nine," Variety.com reported Tuesday.

The picture is being made by Rob Marshall and Harvey Weinstein, the power-house team behind the award-winning 2002 film musical, "Chicago."

Marshall is also courting Sophia Loren and his "Chicago" star, Catherine Zeta-Jones, for roles in the movie based on the stage musical and inspired by Federico Fellini’s 1963 film, “8 1/2"

Marshall will produce and choreograph with John DeLuca, his partner in Lucamar Productions.

Bardem has been offered the role of philandering director Guido Contini, a character originated on-stage by Raul Julia and played by Antonio Banderas in a recent revival.

Cruz is in talks to play Contini's mistress while Cotillard is considering playing his wife.

Although they have not yet committed, Zeta-Jones is being courted to play the director's muse, and Loren his mother, who appears as a ghost, Variety.com said.

Cruz and Bardem are working together now on the film Woody Allen is shooting in Spain.

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