Tony Award-winner Nina Arianda will play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, wife of visionary filmmaker Federico Fellini, in Fellini Black and White produced by Andrew Lazar (Jonah Hex, I Love You Phillip Morris). The film, written and directed by Henry Bromell (consulting producer and writer of Showtime's Golden Globe Award-winning series Homeland) is set to begin production in early 2013. Arianda joins a cast that includes Oscar-nominees William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, and Brazilian breakout star Wagner Maura who will play the title role of the iconic director.
Fellini Black and White takes place during Fellini and Masina's visit to Los Angeles for the 1958 Academy Awards where their film Nights of Cabiria won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Often called his muse, Masina was married to Fellini for fifty years until his passing in 1993. Masina died just months after her husband.
This announcement follows news that Arianda will play rock icon Janis Joplin in the highly anticipated biopic based on the last six months of the singer's life directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Arianda has also recently joined the cast of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.
Just last month, Arianda won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her portrayal of Vanda in David Ives' Venus in Fur after giving the 2011-2012 Broadway season's most critically acclaimed performance of the year.
Arianda's landed her 2009 off-Broadway role in David Ives' Venus in Fur just months out of NYU's Graduate Acting Program. Based on her performance, she was offered roles in Woody Allen's Academy Award-winning Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy's Win Win, and Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground. In 2011, she appeared in Universal's Tower Heist playing opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy and made her Tony-nominated Broadway debut in Born Yesterday playing "Billie Dawn." In addition to her 2012 Tony Award, Arianda has been honored with awards from the Drama League, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the Actors' Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award, the Theater World Award, the Clive Barnes Award and the Lilly Award. Nina trained at AMDA in their studio program for acting and the New School for Liberal Arts in New York, Eugene Lang division. She received her MFA from NYU's Tisch graduate acting program.