The story of a filmmaker and his complicated entanglements with the women in his life, it's based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that was itself inspired by Federico Fellini's "8 1/2."
The cast includes Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren — Oscar winners all.
"It was my dream to be in an American musical, and especially with a genius like Rob Marshall," Cotillard — who won a best-actress Oscar for playing chanteuse Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" — said Monday at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Weinstein Co. screened a two-minute trailer and a featurette on the film for reporters, giving a glimpse of "La Dolce Vita"-style Italian glamor and dazzling choreography reminiscent of Marshall's "Chicago."
"Nine" is scheduled to be released in the United States in November. Producers will be hoping the film repeats the success of "Chicago," which won six Oscars and proved musicals can still be a big draw.
"We're bringing back a tradition," said company chief Harvey Weinstein, "and that's something I think we need to do more of."