Oscar-winner Javier Bardem will no longer be displaying his musical talents in the upcoming film NINE, according to reports.

Empire magazine claims that Bardem - who won the best supporting actor accolade at this year's Academy Awards - has pulled out of the lead role in ROB MARSHALL's latest project.

The publication adds that he was one of the first actors to sign up to the cast, but has now cited exhaustion from a year of filming and publicity commitments as a reason to leave.

NINE was scheduled to begin filming in 2007, but was delayed due to the Hollywood actors' strike and work will now begin later this year.

It is currently unknown who will take his place in the role of Guido Contini - a director struggling to balance his work commitments and personal life - in the adaptation of the Broadway show.

The cast of the film includes a number of Oscar-winning actresses, including Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench and this year's best actress winner Marion Cotillard.

Bardem's girlfriend Penelope Cruz will also star.

Recently, Bardem pulled out of Francis Ford Coppola's new movie TETRO and his character was altered to a female role which will now be played by actress CARMEN MAURA.

01/05/2008 12:08:14