Hugh Jackman is attached to star as legendary American showman P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth” for 20th Century Fox reports Variety.
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 role is being penned with Anne Hathaway in mind, she and Jackman sharing a memorable but brief duet during this year’s Oscars ceremony.
Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) is penning the script and talks have begun with British pop singer-songwriter Mika to write the music and lyrics for the film’s contemporary musical score.
Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls), Jackman and his Seed partner John Palermo will produce.