Disney Plans “Othello” & “Cyrano” Mash-Up

Oscar-winning “Moonlight” writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and “Selma” actor David Oyelowo are teaming for a musical mashup of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” and William Shakespeare’s “Othello” at Walt Disney Pictures.

Titled “Cyrano the Moor,” the live-action tale will be set in the Bristol region of England during the 19th century and is said to be as lavish as any of the other fairytales Disney puts out ala “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”.

The original “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a comedy about a man of many talents who has a very large nose and because of that has no confidence. Othello is tragedy about a Moorish general whose life is basically torn asunder by a Machiavellian confidant which leads Othello to murder his own beloved wife.

David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo and Yoruba Saxon will produce. Oyelowo recently received critical acclaim for his performance as Othello opposite Daniel Craig earlier this year in the Sam Gold directed and Barbara Broccoli produced off-Broadway play.

Source: Deadline