It’s been a big year of movie musicals, but 2021 isn’t done belting out a tune just yet, as Cyrano, a musical based on the classic French play Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Peter Dinklage is making its way to movie theaters.
2021 has seen a number of high profile movie musicals hit the big screen, including In the Heights, tick, tick … Boom!, Encanto and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Cyrano is throwing its hat into the ring, directed by Joe Wright and featuring a score and original songs by band The National (Aaron and Bryce Dessner).
There’s a bit to unpack in terms of when the movie will be available where and everything else, so here’s an easy guide to everything we know about Cyrano.
‘Cyrano’ release date
Cyrano was first screened during the 2021 fall film festivals, but its release for mainstream audiences will take a couple of steps.
First, Cyrano received a Dec. 17 release in New York and Los Angeles to ensure that it qualifies for the 2021 Academy Awards. It's taking a big longer to reach a wider audience.
The movie will begin its U.S. expansion on Jan. 28, adding more movie theaters in subsequent weeks. In the U.K., though originally expected to release on Jan. 14, Cyrano has been delayed until Feb. 25, likely because of the omicron COVID variant, per The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab).
If you read Cyrano de Bergerac at any point in your schooling, you will likely remember that the French play by Edmond Rostand told the story of a French soldier and poet named Cyrano de Bergerac who is secretly in love with the beautiful Roxanne. However, Cyrano feels that he is unworthy of making his love known because of his appearance, highlighted by an extraordinarily large nose. Rather, Roxanne eyes a young soldier in Cyrano’s regiment, Christian, who similarly falls for her. Christian, though, is not able to speak to Roxanne, so he enlists the help of Cyrano to write love letters and help give Christian a voice in his courtship.
The Cyrano movie is going to follow the same plot, save for one big detail. With Peter Dinklage onboard as Cyrano, rather than a large nose, Cyrano’s appearance is defined by the fact that he is a dwarf.
The movie is also based on a stage musical that was adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt, who has written the screenplay for the movie version.
Best known for his Emmy-winning role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage is tackling a musical for the first time as Cyrano. The actor received a good bit of praise for his performance and has been cited by a few critics groups and award organizations in their best of 2021 lists.
If your wondering how well Dinklage can carry a tune, he performed a song from the movie, “Your Name,” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch below.
The other two members of the love triangle at the heart of Cyrano are Haley Bennett as Roxanne and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Christian. Movie goers are likely to recognize Bennett from her roles in films like Hillbilly Elegy, The Girl on the Train and The Magnificent Seven (2016). Harrison, meanwhile, has been making a name for himself with a number of smaller dramas, including Waves, Luce and It Comes at Night.
One more prominent actor helps round out the cast, as Ben Mendelsohn (Ready Player One, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is on board to play De Guiche.
Cyrano debuted its first, and so far, only trailer a couple of months ago. It showcases the lavish production design and beautiful costumes as well as a taste of one of the musical numbers. Take a peek below.
A lyric video of another one of the songs from the movie, “Somebody Desperate” has been shared. Give it a listen here.
MGM has also released a new pair of videos, the first being a clip from the movie of Cyrano's entrance. Watch below.
The second is a behind-the-scene feature with commentary from stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Cyrano is being directed by Joe Wright, who is best known for the films Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement and Darkest Hour. While the period setting is familiar for Wright, Cyrano marks the director’s first foray into the movie musical genre.
Having played at the fall festivals, many movie critics have shared their thoughts on Cyrano, and they are quite positive. The movie has earned a 84% "Certified Fresh" ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, while the other critic aggregator site Metacritic scores the film at a 69.
In What to Watch's review of Cyrano, the performances of Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett are singled out, though the musical elements are argued to be the weakest element of the movie.
Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.
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