It appears that an upcoming production just lost a recent Oscar winner. According to Variety, Javier Bardem has bowed out of Nine, a musical directed by Rob Marshall.
Bardem apparently pulled out due to exhaustion from work and the recent awards season, in which he was heavily honored for his portrayal of Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men.
Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren are still starring in the film, based off the musical which inspired Frederico Fellini's 8 1/2.
Bardem, who was set to play Guido Contini, a film director with career and women issues, reportedly loved the script and the prospect of working with Marshall and was ready to do the film late last year. However, the film was postponed because Michael Tolkin's script needed polishing, which couldn't happen because of the writer's strike.
"Javier personally asked me if we could move production to February, but we just couldn't do it," said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. "He is an amazing talent and I know we'll work together in the future, very soon."