Hugh Jackman is ‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’

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In a move that’s really a surprise to no one, Twentieth Century Fox has cast Hugh Jackman as legendary American showman P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a contemporary musical about Barnum’s career as a showman and the creation of his famous three-ring circus.

Jackman will also produce the film along with Laurence Mark and his Seed Productions partner John Palermo. The three previously pooled their efforts for the 81st Academy Awards earlier this year, which Jackson also hosted. The script is being written by Sex and the City scribe, Jenny Bicks.

According to 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 of Jenny Lind is reportedly being tailored to fit Anne Hathaway (Alice In Wonderland), who ironically performed (pretty well) in a musical number alongside Jackman during the Oscars ceremony. Fox is also supposedly in talks with British singer-songwriter Mika to handle the score.

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Now, I’m not the most renowned P.T. Barnum scholar in the world by any means, however the guys over at Slash Film point out that this cinematic take on Barnum seems to be more interested in the man’s public persona – a silver-tongued hustler – rather than trying to get at the heart of who Barnum, the-man-behind-the-persona, really was. I’m no expert on musicals either, so maybe this is the best approach? Maybe not.

All I know is: this role seems very similar to Jackman’s upcoming turn as a silver-tongued cosmetics hustler salesman in Avon Man. But hey, it’s hard to hate on Hugh, so more power to him.

Finally, it was recently announced that Columbia Pictures has a P.T. Barnum film in the works. That film is supposed to focus more on Barnum’s early years rather than the height of his fame (and of course it isn’t a musical), however, no telling now how The Greatest Showman on Earth will affect that project.

We’ll let you know more about either project when we hear more.

Sources: Variety via Slash Film

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  1. Why to hate it? It seems that no matter Jackman does, he can never do right for you. I think that Avon Man could be fun and this one sounds as a great idea. An original musical, with a contamporary music is much better than some other musicals. It´s not exactly a biographic story but it also might be. What do we know? It seems really original and I can´t wait to see Hugh in this.
    I seriously doubt you guys would be happy with anything he will decide to do.

  2. Hugh Jackmen himself might just be the greatest Showman on earth. The guy is crazy talented.

    As far as musicals go I find it hard to believe that this won’t touch on who Barnum is. The songs in musicals are usually filled with double meaning and great insight in to the soul. Most musicals the non singing parts are just moving the plot forward and when someone bursts in to song it’s an enlightening moment for that person or persons. A glimpse in to their soul if you will.

  3. Terry I like the sound of Avon man and I’m intrigued by this as well. However, I don’t see any hate toward Hugh in this article. The guy even says he can’t say anything bad about Hugh as it is.

    But hey, it’s hard to hate on Hugh, so more power to him.

    That’s an exact word for word quote from this post. Where do you get from this that he Hates Hugh? That’s sounds kind of like “We like Hugh no matter what” or at least more like that than hate.

  4. @ Terry

    No hate for Hugh Here.

    I can say that 3x fast if you’d like.

  5. What’s that Kofi you said you Hate Hugh ?

    Clearly if you mention Hugh and the word hate in the same article it means you hate him even if everything you said about him was positive.

    I don’t think I have ever seen anyone in the world that didn’t like Hugh lol. How can you he just seems like the worlds nicest guy and he’s amazingly talented in many different areas. The only person in the world that Hates Hugh Jackmen is Dr. Perry Cox.

  6. I sense no Hate for Hugh in this article.
    Glad to see he has a strong future beyond the X franchise shaping up.
    He deserves it.

  7. “Clearly if you mention Hugh and the word hate in the same article it means you hate him even if everything you said about him was positive.”

    Um… wrong?

    Unless that’s a joke and I’m not getting it.


  8. Sorry Vic it’s a joke because the first poster made it sound like Kofi was spitting on Hugh’s grave or something. Lol I was trying to defend Kofi’s article to the guy up top.

  9. Sorry, I didn´t mean to offend anybody. English is not my first language. I am just a little tired of the negativism that follows any project Hugh announces so yeah, I am paranoid when I see the word “hate” and “Hugh” :-)
    Sorry about that.
    Anyway, I can´t imagine how could anybody hate that guy 😉

  10. They must have seen me play this role back in 5th grade 1982. I was fabulous..My “Im Rusting in Bridgeport” solo must have inspired Fox to do the Movie version. Go Stinesville Indiana!!!