Fox is in negotiations with Zac Efron to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”
Fox had no comment on Efron’s possible attachment.
The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is set to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) and produced by Laurence Mark and Jackman. Michael Gracey is attached to direct.
Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous.
The project is a major priority for the studio given its relationship with Jackman and the lengths it has taken to get the film off the ground. Should Efron’s deal go through, it would serve to solidify the project and give it a shot of momentum.
Yay. Finally some real news on this. He was in New York in February for the project and he's been doing some vocal prep for it too for awhile. And Hugh has been working on it too ofc. The director is really interesting as well, read his bio and watch some of his commercials.
Lipton Ice Tea with Hugh
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Commercial directors haven't always fared so well in full length films but this guy seems to have a great eye and good execution on these choreography sets so I'm really hopeful.
And ofc I'm pleased as punch to have another musical coming *_*