Kate Hudson joins the Nine cast

July 28, 2008  |  10:14am
Looks like the legendary Penny Lane has decided to abandon her musician-worshipping past and give us a little song and dance of her own. Of course, we speak of one Kate Hudson, who recently signed on for a lead role in Nine, the Rob Marshall (Chicago) adaptation of the 1982 Broadway musical of the same name.

Hudson will be joining a cast already stocked with Hollywood heavyweights. Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) will play the male lead, Guido Contini, a renowned director who strains to juggle the many ladies of his life amid filming his latest project. Academy Award winners Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren and Penélope Cruz have already signed on to play said ladies.

Viewers should expect Hudson to hold her own, though. After all, the makers of the film adaption wrote the character Stephanie specifically for her. "It's wonderful having Kate join this extraordinary cast! Her revelatory skills as a singer and a dancer led to the creation of the role of 'Stephanie,' a fashion reporter from Vogue working in Italy," Marshall said in a statement.  "An exciting new song, written by our composer Maury Yeston, has been added for her as well."

The original Broadway production of Nine, itself an adaptation of Fellini's 8 1/2, received 12 Tony nominations and five wins (Best Musical among them) in 1982.  Its revival in 2003, starring actor Antonio Banderas, won two Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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