Thee Tony-winning 1982 musical Nine is heading to the silver screen. Written by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeaston, Nine was revived in 2003 and starred Antonio Banderas as Guido Contini, a film director and modern day Casanova, juggling the many women in his life while struggling with an artistic block. The musical is now being made into a movie, (Nine was originally inspired by Federico Fellini's film 8 1/2) but there has been some speculation as to who's going to play the suave Contini now that Javier Bardem has pulled out saying he needs a rest after winning an Oscar. His girlfriend Penelope Cruz however is still signed on. I read in Variety today that fellow Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is in talks to play Guido. Hmm a Brit as an Italian lover? As my favorite song from the show says he'll have to "Be Italian" to be a great lover, but Daniel is pretty sexy nonetheless!
And Antonio usually doesn't do it for me -- but seeing him in this musical was one of the sexiest things I've seen on Broadway and it's going to be hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Here is a clip of him performing with the 2003 cast of Nine (including Chita Rivera and Jane Krakowski) at the 57th Annual Tony Awards where the show won for Best Revival of a Musical.