Hugh Jackman to Star in Musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth" 


Hugh Jackman is attached to star in 20th Century Fox's new musical "The Greatest Showman on Earth."

The actor will play American showman P.T. Barnum in this original contemporary musical to be written by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City").

"Dreamgirls" producer, Laurence Mark, will oversee production. This new musical is a product of Mark and Jackman's collaboration at the 81st Academy Awards.

Barnum was known as the creator of the three-ring circus, and more importantly, popular for being called the showman. He was also infatuated with the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind.

Their inspiration for the Lind character is actress Anne Hathway.



The best part? British singer-songwriter Mika is in talks to write music and lyrics. Fox wants "The Greatest Showman on Earth" to have a contemporary musical score, and I think Mika's a great choice!

Jackman really wants to make several big-screen musicals. Besides "The Greatest Showman on Earth," the actor is also attached to star in a "Carousel" remake for Fox 2000.

And yes, Jackman also wants Hathaway to be his on-screen partner for the musical remake as well. Wow, they really hit it off with their song-and-dance number for this year's Oscars huh?

But I do agree. Jackman and Hathaway have palpable on-screen chemistry! But then, the Sexiest Man on Earth can make any actress look good :happy

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