By Diana Bruk
August 17, 2016
She may always be Miranda to us, but Cynthia Nixon has shown that she can play a wide range of roles since her Sex and the City days. She received accolades as Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV movie Warm Springs, though the film, like many of her recent movies, was a bit of a flop. Judging by the first trailer to A Quiet Passion, however, she may have finally found the role that allows her to showcase her remarkable range of talent.
Nixon plays Emily Dickinson in a biopic about the brilliant American poet’s troubled and lonely life. The film follows her upbringing in 1830s Amherst, Massachusetts all the way to her final years when she wrote hundreds of poems in total seclusion.
The film co-stars Jennifer Ehle as Dickinson’s sister, Lavinia, Keith Carradine as her father, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon, and Catherine Bailey. It was written and directed by Terence Davies, who is best known for other period dramas like The House of Mirth, Sunset Song, and The Deep Blue Sea.
A Quiet Passion will premiere in the UK in September 2016.