Peter Dinklage and Joe Wright: “This ‘Cyrano’ can speak to new generations”

An all-time classic returns to theaters with a renewed air. This March 11, ‘Cyrano’ will premiere, with which Joe Wright returns to period films with an adaptation of Erica Schmidt’s musical, which is inspired by the famous work of Edmond Rostand. An updated version of the play that seeks to connect with new generations. “I think it can speak to young audiences because of the issues it addresses”notes Peter Dinklage, who plays the iconic Cyrano de Bergerac.

As with Rostand’s original work, Cyrano de Bergerac (Dinklage) dazzles with his razor-sharp wit in any oratorical combat, as well as his mastery of the sword in a duel to the death. However, The gentleman is marked by a physique that does not respect the conventions or the canons of beauty, suffering from dwarfism. From then on, he suppresses his love for the beautiful Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Captivated by the beauty of Christian de Neuvillette (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), Cyrano makes a pact for Christian: while the handsome young man conquers the lady with his physique, it will be Cyrano who will help him to make her fall in love by writing his love of letters. Thus, even from a distance, Cyrano will be able to feel the affection of his beloved.

Considered one of the most representative works of the late 19th century and a play that elevated Edmond Rostand as one of the most important French playwrights in history,” the film reinvents the concept of the play by removing its protagonist’s characteristic long nose, replacing it with Dinklage’s staturewith which the musical seeks to have greater authenticity. “I fell in love with this version of Cyrano while watching Erica Schmidt’s creative process. […] He did an amazing job. He was able to take this work from the end of the 19th century and adapt it while keeping the spirit of “, says Dinklage in an interview with eCartelera.

“It was a dream come true to shoot in Italy”

“He got rid of the nose that Cyrano is known for and replaced much of the original text with love songs. […] With this version, I felt it was important to me, it spoke to me. […] it was now that the work really touched my heart”adds the actor.

In search of more authenticity, “Cyrano” was shot in real locations, with Sicily as the setting for this period drama. “Shooting in Sicily was the best experience of my life. I love Italy and I’m a big fan of Italian cinema. So shooting there felt like shooting an Italian feature film, only with dialogues in English. It was a dream come true. reality”, emphasizes Joe Wright.

Directed by Joe Wright and written by Erica Schmidt, “Cyrano” stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Dolan, Joshua James, Ray Strachan and Glen Hansard. The film will be exclusively in theaters from March 11, by Universal Pictures.

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