Disney has a number of live-action adaptations on its slate, including Aladdin, The Lion King and Dumbo to name just a few, but now the studio is looking at a new project that isn't based on a previous animated film. Hooray for not ruining our childhood (for now)!
The new film will star David Oyelowo, best-known for playing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. Oyelowo also starred in Disney’s Queen of Katwe last year.
Oyelowo, who recently appeared Off-Broadway in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop opposite Daniel Craig, is also set to produce the film alongside wife Jessica Oyelowo. Yoruba Saxon, who worked with the actor on A United Kingdom, would also produce.
The film titled Cyrano the Moor is reportedly inspired by both Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Othello and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. The latter tells the story of a large-nosed romantic who uses his words to help another man win the affection of the woman he loves.
Most excitingly, Moonlight Oscar-winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney is set to pen the script. According to Deadline, who broke the news, “the live-action musical Cyrano the Moor is planned to be as lavish a show as Disney classics Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.”