We can honestly say this trailer took us on a journey.
When we first heard about this, we thought putting Peter Dinklage in yet another version of Cyrano de Bergerac sounded a bit… we don’t know… flimsy? He’s been very good about navigating a successful career as an actor and a little person without falling into the trap of playing munchkins and leprechauns, but we winced when he was once again called a freak on film. But his wife Erica Schmidt adapted this version of the story for the stage, starring Peter, so this is a clearly family project and labor of love for them both. Even so, we groaned in the first few seconds of the trailer, thinking it all looked a little stale and cheesy. But we’ve gotta say…
We were kind of charmed by the end of it. It has the feel of one of those “last of the big MGM musicals” of the 1960s, full of gorgeous locations, big production numbers and lusty period costumes. We haven’t had a really big, old-school period costume musical since … what? Les Miserables? We bet this will look great on the big screen.
Award-winning director Joe Wright envelops moviegoers in a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in Cyrano, re-imagining the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his time, Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) dazzles whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her — and Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by: Joe Wright
Screenplay by: Erica Schmidt
Based on: The stage musical adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt, from “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand, with music by Aaron & Bryce Dessner and lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Guy Heeley
Executive Producers: Erica Schmidt, Sarah-Jane Robinson, Sheeraz Shah, Lucas Webb, Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, Aaron Dessner
Music by: Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner
In Select Theaters December 31st.
[Photo Credit: Peter Mountain/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, MGM – Video Credit: MGM/YouTube]
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