Nina Arianda Will Play Giulietta Masina in 'Fellini Black and White'
by Ethan Anderton
July 30, 2012
It sounds like this is a big year for Nina Arianda in launching her career. The Win Win, Midnight in Paris and Higher Ground actress won a Tony for her turn on the stage in Venus in Fur and just recently landed the role of Janis Joplin in a biopic from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin. Now Deadline says the actress has landed another impressive role in a film that has me and probably only a few other cinephiles excited. In April we learned Elite Squad star Wagner Moura would play Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in Fellini Black and White, and now Arianda is set to play Giulietta Masina, his wife.
For those who aren't aware, Fellini Black and White attempts to explain (though not necessarily with any factual evidence) what happened in the two days preceding the 1958 Academy Awards when the director went missing before heading back to Italy. It has been said that the events during this time (which will fictionalized for the most part) may have given Fellini the inspiration for La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, so I'm betting we'll see plenty of homages to those two great existential classics. Arianda's role will be interesting because during this time that Fellini discovered the jazz and surf scenes and falls for a veterinarian his wife (the star of Nights of Cabiria) tries to drown her sorrows by cavorting with Ricky Nelson.
It's likely a small role, but it'll give her the opportunity to really show her chops as an actress since Masina was quite the actress and has been called Fellini's personal muse. In addition, the supporting cast includes Terrence Howard along with "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage and "Shameless" star and character actor William H. Macy. Howard is playing a jazz musician who gives Fellini a royal introduction to the music and scene, Macy play's the filmmaker's publicist and Dinklage is playing the lover of the veterinarian. Frankly I can't wait to see how this turns out.