While the character has generally been depicted with a long nose, this version has him doubting himself due to his height. Set between 1640-1720, the film tells of Cyrano (Dinklage, reprising his stage role), a wordsmith and member of the Kings Guard who is convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, Roxanne (Haley Bennett, who also starred in the musical). With Cyrano yet to tell Roxanne of his feelings, he is saddened to learn that Roxanne has fallen in love, at first sight, with Christian (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.).
The film is directed by Joe Wright, delivering another period picture following Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina and Darkest Hour. Dinklage is certainly close to the project, having taken on the lead role in the 2018 stage musical by Erica Schmidt, a theatre director who Dinklage has been married to since 2005. Schmidt also penned the screenplay adaptation.
Visually, the film looks sumptuous, and a potentially great vehicle for Dinklage’s talents. Could he be up for award love with this one? It’s highly possible. The role has attracted recognition in the past: José Ferrer won an Oscar for his portrayal of Cyrano in 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac and Gérard Depardieu earned his only Oscar nom for playing the character in the 1990 film of the same name.
The film’s music is by members of American rock band The National, who also wrote the music and lyrics for the stage musical.
Cyrano, also starring Bashir Salahuddin and Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, will begin a limited US release on December 31st before going wide sometime in January. The film opens in Australian cinemas on February 24th.