The first official teaser trailer for The Greatest Showman starring critically acclaimed Australian actor Hugh Jackman as real-life circus founder P.T. Barnum has just been released online, announcing the first full trailer will come out tomorrow. Directed by Michael Gracey with a script co-written by the likes of Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon, the new American drama film will explore the life and work of Barnum and his famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

As seen in the first images from the set of the new movie, Jackman and company – including supporting turns from Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Michelle Williams – are all set to deliver a thrilling drama with the potential dramatic chops to generate some Oscar buzz when it finally reaches theaters later this December. Bolstered by a script co-written by several leading talents of the contemporary entertainment industry, The Greatest Showman is priming itself to be quite the cinematic showstopper – a fact further attested to by its first official teaser trailer.

In the footage featured above, potential viewers of The Greatest Showman can catch a sneak peek at everything Gracey has cooking behind the scenes of the high profile production about the world-renowned American circus showman P.T. Barnum – as portrayed by the always devilishly charming Jackman. Focusing on more than a few of the new movie’s star-studded cast of supporting players, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus looks to be due for a stirring cinematic sendup to a formerly popular form of mainstream American entertainment.

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Since shuttering its doors this past May, the real-life traveling circus that was P.T. Barnum’s namesake has definitively become a thing of the past. Keeping that immediate cultural context in mind, it will be doubly exciting to see how The Greatest Showman will approach celebrating what was once billed as being “The Greatest Show on Earth” for a prospective audience of moviegoers who may very well be relatively unfamiliar with the Barnum & Bailey Circus as it once was.

Dating back to its initial inception in 1871, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an iconic landmark of American entertainment, and as such The Greatest Showman could do very well in honoring the legacy of P.T. Barnum, while simultaneously bringing the once dominant form of showmanship to a whole new generation of moviegoers. Either way, Jackman almost always serves to elevate any material that is put in front of him, and as such his latest starring role should attract a sizable crowd to its colorful offerings. 

Source: 20th Century Fox

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