Joe Wright To Direct ‘Cyrano’ Musical Starring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Ben Mendelsohn, Brian Tyree Henry

MGM just scored themselves a huge coup. The studio has been throwing a lot of money around at a time when other studios are playing it safe, and they’ve just acquired a new Cyrano de Bergerac musical film from Joe Wright and a star-studded cast.

Deadline has the news of MGM’s acquisition of Wright’s Cyrano, which is based on a musical stage adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac. The cast for this is absolutely killer, with Peter Dinklage reprising the title role he played on stage, and Haley Bennett also returning to the role of Roxanne. Brian Tyree Henry and Ben Mendelsohn are in the cast, as well.

The musical was written by Erica Schmidt, who happens to be Dinklage’s wife. Schmidt is an accomplished filmmaker and actress in her own right. She wrote the libretto, with much of the music and lyrics by The National.

Wright is the director behind such films as Oscar winner Darkest Hour, Hanna, Anna Karenina, and Atonement. His most recent film, the long-delayed The Woman in the Window, appears to be headed from Disney to Netflix.

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