Cyrano (film)

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Cyrano poster.jpg
UK theatrical release poster with previous release date
Directed byJoe Wright
Screenplay byErica Schmidt
Based on
Produced by
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited byValerio Bonelli
Music by
  • Aaron Dessner
  • Bryce Dessner
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) (Telluride)
  • 28 January 2022 (2022-01-28) (United States)
  • 25 February 2022 (2022-02-25) (United Kingdom)
Running time
124 minutes
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Budget$30 million[1]

Cyrano is a 2021 musical romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and with a screenplay by Erica Schmidt, based on Schmidt's 2018 stage musical of the same name, itself based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac. The film stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn.

Cyrano had its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival on 2 September 2021, had a one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles on 17 December 2021, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on 28 January 2022, and in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2022. The film received generally positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Dinklage) at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.


This musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic play tells the story of Cyrano de Bergerac as he pines for the affections of the beautiful Roxanne, who has fallen in love with another man named Christian de Neuvillette. Though Cyrano understands that his social status and physical appearance will forever keep him apart from his lady love, he offers his skills as a gifted poet to Christian in an effort to bring the two lovers together once and for all.



It was announced in August 2020 that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had acquired the rights to the film, which was written by Erica Schmidt, based on her stage musical Cyrano. The film will be produced by Working Title Films, and Joe Wright was set to direct. Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett will reprise their roles from the stage musical, with Ben Mendelsohn and Brian Tyree Henry also cast.[4] Kelvin Harrison Jr. joined the cast in September 2020.[5] Bashir Salahuddin later joined the cast to replace Henry.[6] Music for the film was written by members of the National, who also wrote the music and lyrics for the stage musical.[4]

Principal photography began in Sicily (Noto, Syracuse, Scicli) in October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.[7][6]


The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2021.[8][9] By the end of its festival run, it screened at the Hamptons,[10] Mill Valley,[11] Rome,[12] and Savannah.[13]

The film was originally scheduled for a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2021, but the release date was then moved to December 31.[6] In November 2021, the film's release plans were changed by United Artists Releasing in an effort to better position itself for Academy Awards qualification and contention: it had an exclusive one-week theatrical run in Los Angeles on December 17, prior to a planned limited theatrical release on January 21, 2022, before expanding in subsequent weeks.[14] The limited release date in the US was shifted again to January 28, with a wide expansion on February 11.[15][16] It will be theatrically released in the United Kingdom on February 25. The UK release was originally scheduled for release on January 14, but was postponed by Universal Pictures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[17]


Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of 57 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.0/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Uneven yet ultimately hard to resist, Joe Wright's Cyrano puts a well-acted musical spin on the oft-adapted classic tale."[18] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 69 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]


Accolades received by House of Gucci
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Detroit Film Critics Society December 6, 2021 Best Film Cyrano Won [20]
Best Actor Peter Dinklage Won
Best Use of Music Cyrano Nominated
Golden Globe Awards January 9, 2022 Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Cyrano Nominated [21]
Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Peter Dinklage Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 6, 2021 Best Score Aaron and Bryce Dessner Nominated [22]
Satellite Awards January 5, 2022 Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Cyrano Pending [23]
Best Actor Peter Dinklage Pending
Best Costume Design Massimo Cantini Parrini Pending
Hollywood Critics Association January 8, 2022 Best Best Comedy/Musical Film Cyrano Pending [24]
Best Actor Peter Dinklage Pending
Best Original Song "Every Letter" Pending
Critics' Choice Awards January 9, 2022 Best Actor Peter Dinklage Pending [25]


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  2. ^ Marc, Christopher (August 27, 2021). "Joe Wright's Period Romance Musical 'Cyrano' With Peter Dinklage & Haley Bennett Arriving December 31". The Playlist. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  3. ^ Richard, Nathan (January 9, 2022). "Cyrano: Everything You Need to Know About Joe Wright & Peter Dinklage's New Musical Awards Contender". Collider. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 4, 2020). "MGM Lands 'Cyrano'; Joe Wright-Directed Working Title Stage Adaptation Stars Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Brian Tyree Henry & Ben Mendelsohn". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 18, 2020). "Kelvin Harrison Jr. Joins Peter Dinklage In 'Cyrano' Musical At MGM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Ford, Rebecca (August 26, 2021). "Joe Wright Wanted to Make Something "Really Beautiful" During a Pandemic—So Here Comes Cyrano". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 27, 2021.
  7. ^ Daniels, Nia (September 8, 2020). "GoT's Peter Dinklage to film Cyrano in Sicily". The Knowledge Online. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Telluride Film Festival Program Guide" (PDF). Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 1, 2021). "Telluride Film Festival: Will Smith's 'King Richard', Peter Dinklage Musical 'Cyrano', Joaquin Phoenix In 'C'mon C'mon', Ken Branagh's 'Belfast' Set To Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "Hamptons International Film Festival: CYRANO". Guild Hall. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Miller, Stuart (October 7, 2021). "Mill Valley Film Fest Fetes Spirited In-Person Return". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Grater, Tom (October 6, 2021). "Rome Film Festival To Fete Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton; Chloe Zhao's 'Eternals' Set As Closing Film". Deadline. Retrieved October 8, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Cyrano". SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 9, 2021). "'Cyrano': UAR/MGM Positions Joe Wright Musical With Mid-December Awards Season Qualification, Wider Break In Early 2022". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Grater, Tom (January 6, 2021). "Universal Delays 'Cyrano' UK Release As Omicron Continues Surge". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Cyrano Movie [@CyranoMovie] (January 6, 2022). ""I wanted to create something entirely new" ... Experience director Joe Wright's vivid world of #CyranoMovie. Opening in select cities, January 28. Everywhere Feb 11. #MGMStudios" (Tweet). Retrieved January 11, 2022 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Ritman, Alex (January 6, 2022). "Universal Postpones U.K. Release of Cyrano (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  18. ^ "Cyrano". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Cyrano". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  20. ^ "Detroit Film Critics Society Announces 2021 Nominations". Detroit Film Critics Society. December 3, 2021. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
  21. ^ 2022 Golden Globe Nominations: ‘Licorice Pizza,’ ‘Squid Game,’ ‘West Side Story,’ and More
  22. ^ "The 2021 WAFCA Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. December 4, 2021. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  23. ^ Anderson, Erik (December 1, 2021). "'Belfast,' 'The Power of the Dog' lead 26th Satellite Awards nominations". AwardsWatch. Retrieved December 1, 2021.
  24. ^ "DUNE, CODA, AND BELFAST LEAD THE 5TH ANNUAL HCA FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Hollywood Critics Association. December 2, 2021. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  25. ^ "Film Nominations Announced for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards | Critics Choice Awards". Retrieved January 6, 2022.

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