Hugh Jackman to star in The Greatest Showman on Earth
Hugh Jackman is more than just the handsome Australian actor who tears things to shreds as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. If you tuned into the Oscars earlier this year you know he also has a set of pipes. In his newest project The Greatest Showman on Earth he’ll be focusing on the latter of those talents, reports Variety.
Showman is an original contemporary musical that revolves around showman P.T. Barnum (Jackman) who is best remembered for his work developing the three-ring circus. Other elements of the story will focus on Barnum’s love interest, singer Jenny Lind (the role is being written with Anne Hathaway in mind).
Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) will script the film and while Lawrence Mark and John Palermo will join Jackman as producers. Twentieth Century Fox is currently in talks with British singer-songwriter Mika to write the music and lyrics.
Tony Award winning Jackman is set on making more screen musicals in the future. Aside from Showman, a remake of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “Carousel” is also in the works.