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Daniel Day Lewis To Join Nine
He's doing a musical. Yes, really

14 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: Variety

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You've got to love Daniel Day Lewis. Not only is he an amazing actor, utterly charming person and proud wearer of willfully bizarre outfits, he's also never afraid to take a risk. The news that he's planning to take a role in Rob Marshall's Nine is simultaneously shocking and completely unsurprising.

Nine is a musical based on Fellini's 8 ½, with a famous director in the midst of a professional crisis while also trying to juggle the many women in his life. If Day Lewis takes the role – and we pray he does – he'd be taking over from Javier Bardem, who vacated a short while ago. Others already in the cast include Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench.

Can Day-Lewis sing? We don't know. Do we care? Not really. Day Lewis never gives anything less than everything and even if he doesn't have the most tuneful lungs in the world you can guarantee he'll do something interesting enough to keep you riveted.

This would be a genius piece of casting on Marshall's part. Musicals firmly divide audiences and they're, generally speaking, a tough sell to men. Day Lewis would draw in an audience who might otherwise avoid this like the plague. And his co-stars are hardly slouches, boasting an embarrassment of Oscars between them (Cruz should retro-actively be awarded one for Volver, for the sake of neatness).

This just leaped up our list from 'sounds sort of interesting' to 'must-see'.

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you know, i had heard a rumour that he was going to do a musical, but that it was going to be a biopic of Freddie Mercury. (yes, i beilve what i read on the IMDB boards). More

Posted by Hughezy at 19:40 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: That's quick of him
I love it! those musical genre haters out there will now have to stomach this if the mighty Day-Lewis signs on the dotted line! More

Posted by MiseEire at 19:14 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

That's quick of him
Usually it takes a couple of years until he does another film. More

Posted by Ricorodrigeuz at 12:53 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

It's going to be hot shit!
Sounds fantastic. Oh, I really hope Day Lewis does it. And the actresses lined up are great too. It doesn't really matter if he hasn't got the best singing voice, look at Alan Rickman in Sweeney Todd. More

Posted by missphoenix at 10:33 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

ahh crap.... r we gonna end up with a good musical? damn my hatred of this genre may have to be terminated... I was happy when Bardem dropped out, cos I though yeh this will be crap...but he's been replaced by Day-Lewis??? how can this not be at least moderately good now? More

Posted by richCie at 08:33 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

I WANT IT. RIGHT NOW. More

Posted by gemmas1 at 06:04 on 15 May 2008 | Report This Post

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