Englishman in New York: John Hurt as Quentin Crisp

Cynthia Nixon has joined the cast of the An Englishman in New York, a follow-up to the 1975 TV movie The Naked Civil Servant. Nixon will play artist and playwright Penny Arcade in the film, in which John Hurt will reprise his role as English eccentric Quentin Crisp.

Produced by U.K. independent Leopard Films, the film follows Crisps move to New York in the early 1980s, where the gay writer and raconteur was embraced by celebs and artists like Penny Arcade. The two created the long-running performance pieces, The Last Will and Testament of Quentin Crisp.

Also joining the cast is Jonathan Tucker (The Black Donnellys), who stars as Crisps friend, American artist Patrick Angus, and Swoozie Kurtz (“Pushing Daisies”), as Crisps agent, Connie Clausen.

Shooting in London and New York, the film is written by Brian Fillis and is produced by Amanda Jenks and directed by Richard Laxton.