With regards to the Oscars, it isn’t a good suggestion to guess in opposition to Cyrano de Bergerac (Jose Ferrer gained a finest actor Oscar for taking part in the title character in a 1950 adaptation of Edmond Rostand‘s 1897 play) or performers in movies directed by Joe Wright (who’ve obtained noms for 2005’s Delight & Prejudice, 2007’s Atonement and 2017’s Darkest Hour, with Gary Oldman profitable finest actor for the third).
This would appear to bode nicely for the prospects of Peter Dinklage — and maybe Haley Bennett and Kelvin Harrison, Jr., too — of Wright’s new film musical Cyrano, which was written by Erica Schmidt (Dinklage’s spouse) and options music by The Nationwide, and which premiered on the Telluride Movie Pageant on Thursday. And certainly, many Telluride festivalgoers — typically good proxies for Academy members — have responded very favorably to their performances.
It should be stated, although, that the movie itself has confirmed extra divisive. Even with the heightened actuality of the musical style, the story feels mustily old school (a girl falls in love with a person via his writing?), if not outright creepy (it could possibly be described as an incel deceiving a girl he has a crush on however who has decidedly friend-zoned him), and the tunes should not precisely ones one leaves the theater singing. This model of Cyrano was beforehand carried out off-Broadway in 2019, and may need labored higher on the stage.
Regardless, Dinklage, who’s finest often known as Tyrion Lannister on Recreation of Thrones, is an immensely gifted and watchable actor, right here enjoying an element tailor-made for him, and so he should be taken very significantly in the perfect actor race.
MGM will launch Cyrano on Dec. 31