reports that the actor, who would have played the lead role of Guido Contini, loved the project but is too tired coming off a busy year including the awards-season frenzy. Bardem won an Oscar for best supporting actor in the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men.
Nine will be the big-screen adaptation of the stage musical that opened on Broadway in 1982. It has starred such famous folk as Antonio Banderas, Raul Julia, Jonathan Pryce, Chita Rivera and John Stamos. The musical itself was inspired by Federico Fellini’s movie 8 1/2.
Variety says that Bardem may take up to a year to recharge his batteries.
“Javier personally asked me if we could move production to February, but we just couldn’t do it,” Harvey Weinstein told Variety. “He is an amazing talent and I know we’ll work together in the future very soon.” The Weinstein Company is producing Nine.