Hugh Jackman to Star in 'The Greatest Showman on Earth' Musical
by Alex Billington
August 4, 2009
Don't you just love Hollywood? Last month we wrote about a new project Columbia had in the works that was based on the life of P.T. Barnum, who as we all know brought us "The Greatest Show on Earth!" Well, Fox has announced (via Variety) that Hugh Jackman is attached to play P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, their own original contemporary musical. Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls, Julie & Julia) is producing with Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants) writing the script. I'm guessing Columbia is a bit pissed right now, because they can't really compete with a musical starring Hugh Jackman, now can they?
Hugh Jackman will play the showman with a penchant for hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous. The musical will also focus on his infatuation with singer Jenny Lind -- the so-called Swedish Nightingale. Jackman, still fresh off of hosting the Oscars, wants Anne Hathaway to star in the role of Jenny Lind. Bicks wrote that opening number for the two and is writing the role for Hathaway. The Greatest Showman on Earth will feature a "contemporary" musical score (please don't use pop music) and they're currently talking with British songwriter Mika to write music and lyrics.
I don't really know what to say about this? I was excited to see Jackman taking on a wide variety of projects after the Oscars, but I never thought we'd see him do a musical (specifically as a movie) anytime soon.