I will say this for Nine‘s new trailer: it’s gutsy as hell. This flick is one of the hardest sells of the year because unlike director Rob Marshall’s previous film musical, Chicago, Nine is not an easy to digest fame-at-any-cost story. The source material is Frederico Fellini’s 8 ½, the story of a famous film director (Daniel Day Lewis) who comes to a crisis both in his creative life and in his personal life as he tries to cope with his numerous female relationships. But like the previous trailer, this new one tells you none of that and just gives you a spectacular musical number featuring Kate Hudson and montage of all the main characters in the movie.
Whether you loved or hated Chicago (I fall into the former category), there’s no denying Marshall’s talent for capturing complex musical numbers as he manages to make them both stagy and cinematic. The film has a hell of an Oscar-pedigree because in addition to Marshall and Day Lewis the cast includes six more Oscar-winners: Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, and Sofia Loren. Nine may have a good shot at this year’s Academy Award but you can see the new trailer after the jump and decide if that’s enough to draw in audiences when it opens on December 18th (the same release date as Avatar).