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Cyrano is a 2021-2022 musical romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright, based on Erica Schmidt and The National's eponymous 2018 stage musical of the same name, itself an adaptation of the 1897 French stage play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. The film stars Peter Dinklage in the title role, Haley Bennett as Roxanne, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Christian, Bashir Salahuddin as Le Bret and Ben Mendelsohn as De Guiche.

The film premiered at Telluride on September 2, 2021 and saw an awards season one-week engagement starting December 17. It will be theatrically released on February 25, 2022.


Cyrano provides examples of:

  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In the original play, Cyrano has a normal size and is only tormented by the fact that he has a big nose. Here, he has dwarfism instead (his nose is normal), and his lifelong angst is changed to one born out of said condition.
  • "I Want" Song: "Someone to Say", performed by Roxanne and the ensemble.
    "I'd give anything for someone to say/That they can't live without me and they'll be there forever/I'd give anything for someone to say to me/That no matter how bad it gets, they won't turn away from me."
  • The Musical: The plot has twelve songs, performed by characters.
  • Playing Cyrano: Christian wants to seduce Roxanne but he has zero poetic talent to do so, so he asks the literate Cyrano to write him things to make it work.
  • Race Lift: Christian is usually white (assumed to be since he's a 17th century French nobleman) and this was the case in all previous adaptations. Here, he's played by Black actor Kelvin Harrison Jr.
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  • Triumphant Reprise: "Someone to Say" has one later on, by Cyrano and Christian after they come to an agreement for Christian to romance Roxanne with Cyrano's words.
  • Villain Song: De Guiche has one, titled "What I Deserve", after Roxanne and Christian marry in secret.