"Moonlight" Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney Is Writing A Musical For Disney About Cyrano de Bergerac

"Selma" actor David Oyelowo will star in "Cyrano the Moor."

Out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, best known for penning Moonlight's Oscar-winning screenplay, has signed on to write a live-action musical for Disney starring Selma's David Oyelowo. Cyrano the Moor will combine elements from Shakespeare's Othello and Cyrano de Bergerac.

Oyelowo will produce the musical, set in 19th century England, with his wife, actress Jessica Oyelowo.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: David Oyelowo and wife Jessica attend the 'Queen Of Katwe' - Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

It follows a long line of Disney live-action musicals—including last year's Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming Aladdin—but obviously draws from more mature source material.

In Edmond Rostand's 1897 comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac is a gifted poet and musician too self-conscious about his large nose to confess his love to the beautiful Roxanne. Instead he feeds sweet words to woo her to the handsome-but-dim Christian.

Othello, of course, is the tragic tale of a Moorish general driven mad by jealousy and the machinations of his frenemy Iago. Oyelowo garnered critical as Othello opposite Daniel Craig (as Iago) earlier this year in an off-Broadway production at the New York Theatre Workshop.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

McCraney, whose play Head of Passes recently opened in Los Angeles with Phylicia Rashad, is also working on a series with Michael B. Jordan for Oprah Winfrey's OWN.

No premiere date has been announced for Cyrano the Moor yet.

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American soprano Jennifer Rowley (as 'Roxane') and French tenor Roberto Alagna (in the title role) perform at the final dress rehearsal prior to the season premiere of the Metropolitan Opera/Francesca Zambello production of 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (by Franco Alfano, based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play) at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, New York, New York, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

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