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Sex and the City Meets Emily Dickinson!

By Harriet Staff

The Hollywood Reporter reports that everyone's favorite Sex and the City actress, Cynthia Nixon, will play Emily Dickinson in an upcoming biopic.


Cynthia Nixon is attached to play reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in a new biopic from British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth).

The film will trace Dickinson's life from precocious schoolgirl to the tortured recluse who saw only seven of her more than 1,000 poems published in her lifetime. After her death, Dickinson was recognized as one of the greatest American poets of all time.

"I wrote the screenplay with Cynthia in mind," Davies said. "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."

Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter from Hurricane Films, producers of Davies' acclaimed documentary Of Time and the City, will produce A Quiet Passion.

"When I read what Terence had written, I was consumed by the character he had so beautifully put on the page," Nixon about the role. "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."

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Originally Published: September 12th, 2012