PRIZM News / October 16, 2017 / By Romeo San Vicente
Deep Inside Hollywood
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the gay Academy Award-winning co-writer of “Moonlight,” has a suitably high-profile project in the works, this time with Walt Disney Pictures.
“Cyrano the Moor” is the title. It’s a musical mashup of Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello,” and Edmond Rostand’s comedy, “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The live-action musical will star David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Cyrano – good idea, as he already has played Othello to great acclaim on the stage – and be set in 19th-century England.
And that’s as far as the information goes at this point. No other co-stars yet, no director, no word on who’s creating the music.
But this one definitely has our interest and we’re excited to see how McCraney will synthesize two seemingly opposing literary forces, all while putting a queer spin on the material.