Actor Javier Bardem has dropped out of Rob Marshall’s upcoming film Nine, Variety reports.
Bardem was expected to play the lead role of Guido Contini, a film director whose life grows increasingly complicated as he struggles to juggle all of the women in his life. Nine is Oscar-award winning director Marshall’s adaptation of a stage musical inspired by the Federico Fellini film 8½.
Fresh off of his Academy Award winning performance in the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, Bardem was ready to start shooting Nine late last year. Production on the film was postponed, though, when needed refinements to the script could not be made due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.
According to Variety, Bardem loved the script, but is ready to take some time off after shooting several pictures last year and making the awards shows rounds. The actor asked The Weinstein Company’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein if Nine’s production could be delayed, but the schedule couldn’t be changed. Weinstein said that while filming on Nine had to move forward, “[Bardem] is an amazing talent and I know we’ll work together in the future, very soon.”
Look for Bardem next in Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, co-starring with Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
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