“Moonlight” Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney Is Writing A Musical For Disney About Cyrano de Bergerac

"Selma" actor David Oyelowo will star in "Cyrano the Moor."

Out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, best known for penning Moonlight’s Oscar-winning screenplay, has signed on to write a live-action musical for Disney starring Selma’s David Oyelowo. Cyrano the Moor will combine elements from Shakespeare’s Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac.

Oyelowo will produce the musical, set in 19th century England, with his wife, actress Jessica Oyelowo.

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It follows a long line of Disney live-action musicals—including last year’s Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming Aladdin—but obviously draws from more mature source material.

In Edmond Rostand’s 1897 comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac is a gifted poet and musician too self-conscious about his large nose to confess his love to the beautiful Roxanne. Instead he feeds sweet words to woo her to the handsome-but-dim Christian.

Othello, of course, is the tragic tale of a Moorish general driven mad by jealousy and the machinations of his frenemy Iago. Oyelowo garnered critical as Othello opposite Daniel Craig (as Iago) earlier this year in an off-Broadway production at the New York Theatre Workshop.

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McCraney, whose play Head of Passes recently opened in Los Angeles with Phylicia Rashad, is also working on a series with Michael B. Jordan for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.

No premiere date has been announced for Cyrano the Moor yet.

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