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Moonlight Writer to Make a Live Action Disney Musical With David Oyelowo

Tarell Alvin McCraney

Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, is set to script a new Disney movie musical, with David Oyelowo starring and producing. 

The movie will be an original idea from McCraney, and is being called Cyrano the Moor, according to Deadline. It's a mashup of two famous stories—Shakespeare's Othello and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac—and set in 19th century England.

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Cyrano de Bergerac is about a gifted poet and musician who's insecure because of his big nose, and so he ghost writes for a handsome man with no talent trying to win a woman's love. Othello is about a Moorish general who's driven to kill his own wife by an evil man named Iago. 

Oyelowo received praise recently for his role as Othello opposite Daniel Craig in an off-Broadway production.

The musical is set to have all the bells and whistles (high production value) of other Disney live action musicals like Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. 

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