For those familiar with French plays, “Cyrano de Bergerac” is one of the most acclaimed and popular in history. And in the new film “Cyrano, My Love,” we see how the landmark work came into existence, and frankly, it feels like it was one step away from being a complete disaster.

“Cyrano, My Love” tells the story of the creation of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” written by Edmond Rostand. The film follows Rostand as he pitches the idea of the play, in a scene reminiscent of “The Usual Suspects,” as he looks around the room for inspiration, and through the casting, rehearsals, and performance of what would become the playwright’s greatest work.

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The film stars Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Tom Leeb, Lucie Boujenah, and Alice De Lencquesaing. “Cyrano, My Love” is written and directed by Alexis Michalik.

The filmmaker is making his feature film debut as writer-director with this project. Previously, Michalik has been better known as an actor and has recently appeared in the Julian Schnabel film “At Eternity’s Gate.” ‘Cyrano’ is based on Michalik’s own play, “Edmond,” which has earned various awards.

“Cyrano, My Love” arrives in select theaters on October 18.

Here’s the synopsis:

December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and too much anxiety. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There’s one problem: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond must focus and put to pen to paper. For now, he has only the title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.