Release date: Dec. 25

Distirb: Weinstein Co.

On the surface, “Nine,” which has yet to be screened widely, seems stacked with elements that grab the Academy’s attention — chiefly a plethora of prior Oscar winners.

The musical, based on the Tony Award-winning 1982 original Broadway production, stars Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido Contini, an Italian director on the verge. (The Broadway show was inspired by Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2″). Joining Day-Lewis are fellow Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren as the women who populate Contini’s drama-filled life.

Late Oscar-winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella adapted the script along with Oscar nominee Michael Tolkin (“The Player”).

“Nine” also marks director Rob Marshall’s return to the celluloid musical. After his Oscar picture winner “Chicago” (2002), Marshall made the rather less-celebrated “Memoirs of a Geisha.” On this, his third feature, the helmer brought back most of his Oscar-winning crew: d.p. Dion Beebe, costume designer Colleen Atwood, art director John Myhre and set decorator Gordon Sim — most of whom also worked on “Memoirs.”

Early word has it that the film’s catchy original song “Cinema Italiano,” sung by Kate Hudson, could score.

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