Back in 2002, Rob Marshall did the almost unthinkable: He created a successful movie based on a Broadway musical, Chicago, which wasn’t that bad. For a musical. Several folks have tried to duplicate that success, with pretty mediocre results (See: Rent). Marshall is back, four years after his sophomore effort, Memoirs of Geisha, this time with another musical, Nine, based on the autobiography of Frederico Fellini.
The musical stars, among others, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Fergie, Penelope Cruz and, get this, Kate Hudson. I’d be very worried if that was all, but the lead male is being played by Daniel Day Lewis and Daniel Day Lewis doesn’t make bad movies. Ever. (Look it up: He may have made films you don’t care for, but he’s never made a bad one). Day-Lewis will star as Guido Contini, a famous film director approaching 40 and trying to find a balance between his personal and professional lives. Marion Cottilard — scrumptious, beautiful, sophisticated Marion Cottilard — will play his wife. Those other women probably play mistresses.
Unfortunately, Day-Lewis — while prevalent in the trailer — never speaks, but it’s worth a look just to see what Kate Hudson looks like in an adult musical. Plus, there’s a little Fergie in it, and I’ll just let y’all make the uncouth gender ambiguous jokes.