Stuck in development for many years, Hugh Jackman’s dream project “The Greatest Showman” is now finally ready to take the stage with the first trailer for the biopic musical having arrived online.
Jackman plays famed circus icon P.T. Barnum in this tale set in the 1800s. Unlike most musicals which are either adaptations of stage musicals (eg. “Chicago,” “Les Miserables”) or are ‘jukebox’ musicals which use pop music for its numbers (eg. “Moulin Rouge,” “Happy Feet”), this is more like “La La Land” – a full-blown original musical boasting entirely original songs but with a pop flavour.
The story follows Barnum from his poverty-stricken youth to the launch of his pilot show in New York City. Also starring is Michelle Williams as Barnum’s wife Charity, Zac Efron as Barnum’s business partner, and Zendaya as a trapeze artist. Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Sparks, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen also star.
Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon co-wrote the script with Michael Gracey making his directorial debut. The film opens December 25th.