As promised, the first trailers for the biographical musical drama, The Greatest Showman, has officially been released online. The movie details the life of real-life showman and circus founder P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and boasts a stellar set of cast including Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum (P.T.'s wife), Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind, Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Zendaya as Anne Wheeler. Behind the camera for the project is Australian film and commercial director, Michael Gracey.
Since the first photos from The Greatest Showman landed back in May, movie fans have been itching to know more about the film musical. With an impressive cast sheet and an intriguing narrative - not to mention some fabulous set pieces - interest in the project has been steadily building up. It's possible that the movie could even prove to be a legit contender in this year's Oscar race, at that.
Aside from its own merit, a lot of people are also paying close attention to The Greatest Showman since it's Jackman's followup to his impressive performance in Logan (which caps his 17-year run playing Wolverine), earlier this year. The musical also brings the Australian actor back to his theater roots, adding another theatrical-like film under his belt together to go with 2012's Les Misérables. In addition to starring in the film, Jackman was involved behind the scenes on The Greatest Showman, serving as one of its producers. For more on that, watch the trailer for the movie, above.
Based on the trailer alone, The Greatest Showman exudes a joyful and hopeful feeling provided by Barnum’s eccentric, but positive outlook in running his show. The visuals are stunning, with lush landscape backgrounds and colorful cast costumes. Further, the performance pieces look very well-choreographed. However, hints of an emotional story is also incorporated, with a snippet of a bruised Efron laying down in a hospital bed with a worried Zendaya by his side.
Despite the film being set in the 1800s, it has a modern vibe to it, thanks to the contemporary music by Oscar-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote the lyrics for La La Land’s soundtrack (music was provided by Justin Hurtwitz). Jackman has previously said that he and Gracey were very adamant about making sure that The Greatest Showman does not feel a period piece and Pasek and Paul’s songs definitely give them the atmosphere that they were aiming for.
Source: 20th Century Fox
- The Greatest Showman (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017