Kidman and Dench in Talks for Nine


Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) and Judi Dench (Casino Royale) are in talks to join Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren in Chicago director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Tony-winning Broadway musical Nine.

The 1982 show, itself an adaptation of Federico Fellini’s autobiographical opus 8 1/2, revolves around a film director (Bardem) juggling the demands of several women in his life.

The Weinstein Compnany project was slated to begin principal photography in March but was postponed when the late writer-director Anthony Minghella didn’t have enough time to rework Michael Tolkin’s screenplay before the WGA strike. Extra work was needed to coordinate the choreography and Maury Yeston’s music and lyrics with a new draft.

The film is now tentatively scheduled for a September start.