Bardem, Cruz & More Join Nine

The Weinstein Co. is in talks with Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem to star in the film adaptation of the musical “Nine”. Director Rob Marshall is also courting Sophia Loren and Catherine Zeta-Jones reports Variety.

Bardem just got the offer to play director Guido Contini, who experiences a creative and personal crisis as he tries to balance all the women in his life. That includes his wife, mistress, his film-star muse, agent and even his mother.

Cruz is in talks to play Carla, Contini’s mistress, while Cotillard is to play his wife, Louisa. 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.

The musical was inspired by the Fellini film “8 ½.” Michael Tolkin is adapting the script, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.