Hugh Jackman is The Greatest Showman on Earth
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine, The Prestige, Australia) is set to play P.T. Barnum in a new musical from Fox.
For those unfamiliar with the name, Barnum, the famous showman and entertainer, established the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The Barnum and Bailey circus is synonymous with the phrase ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ which incidentally made Barnum the first show business millionaire.
The Greatest Showman on Earth chronicles Barnum’s life and rise to fame with Hugh Jackman in the lead role.
According to Fox, 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 also focuses on his infatuation with singer Jenny Lind – the so-called Swedish Nightingale.”
The Greatest Showman on Earth is directed by Michael Gracey, produced by Laurence Mark, John Palermo and Hugh Jackman and written by Jenny Bicks.