Actress Cynthia Nixon has signed up to play Emily Dickinson in new biopic "A Quiet Passion."
British director Terence Davies reveals he wrote the script with Nixon in mind, and is thrilled she has agreed to portray the reclusive poet in his film. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It was the kind of dream casting you hope for. I never, for a moment, imagined my wishes would materialize. Cynthia has such a strong feeling for the work -- and now she is our Emily Dickinson. I'm over the moon."
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Nixon insists she was so moved by Davies' story she couldn't say no to the part, adding, "When I read what Terence had written, I was consumed by the character he had so beautifully put on the page. Emily Dickinson's words and Terence's somehow dovetail to create a heady elixir. When I put the script down, I knew it was a story that I simply have to be part of."
An interesting challange for both Davies and Cynthia Nixon. Emily Dickenson was such a solitary figure known only somewhat to her family and some acquaintances, thus a one woman show which I understand this will be, is appropriate. Much of her poetry, short in words, almost tweets of our time, were amazingly perceptive for a woman who never traveled, for many years secluded herself in her home and never published more than a dozen of her poems in her short lifetime of 55 years. Whatever her societal shortcomings, her perceptions of life and the small things are comforting and inspiring to read. She needs to be honored.
Currently there is an online poetry course developed by faculty and staff of Kelly House Penn State U which includes Dickenson. While they parse her poetry and dissect her words, Most of her poetry remains beyond them. Just as biology students cut into a frog to discover the life force, doing such kills the frog. May Miss Nixon savor the words and as Emily said, "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away".