David Oyelowo to Star in Disney Musical Penned by ‘Moonlight’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

David Oyelowo is set to star in the Disney live-action musical written by Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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The project is said to be one part Othello by William Shakespeare and one part Cyrano de Bergerac, the 1897 classic French play by Edmond Rostand that tells the story of a large-nosed cadet who feels he is too ugly to even earn the love of even an ugly woman. His insecurity stops him from pursuing the love of a distant cousin, Roxane, and he falls into a trap of helping another man win the love of the woman he wants with his words.

Titled Cyrano the Moor, the live-action musical is one of several that Disney has been developing over recent years. The latest release from the production company was the massively successful Beauty and the Beast, which debuted last year and amassed a global box office of $1.2 billion. In 2019, Guy Ritchie’s live-action musical adaption of Aladdin will hopefully follow suit.

Oyelowo and McCraney’s Cyrano the Moor is perhaps unique because although it is a live-action musical, it is one of a kind because it does not bear the similarity of being based off of a Disney classic. Oyelowo is on board to produce the film, alongside his wife, actress Jessica Oyelowo, and Yoruba Saxon. On the studio side of things, Chaz Salembier and Tendo Nagenda are on board as producers to oversee the project as well.

Oyelowo has previously worked with Disney in Queen of Katwe, a 2016 chess drama that also starred Lupita Nyong’o. The British-Nigerian actor has also had prominent roles in past films like The Help, Middle of Nowhere, The Butler, and most notably in Ava Duvernay’s 2014 biopic Selma as Martin Luther King Jr.

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McCraney won an Oscar for his writing work on the Oscar-winning picture Moonlight and has most recently opened a new play he has penned called Head of Passes.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.

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