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Jackman Rides the New Carousel

Published August 2, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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Talk about dampening your tough mutant image. Hugh Jackman is currently in talks to get singing in a remake of Carousel.

Hugh Jackman for Carousel

According to Variety, Fox 2000 is looking to remake the musical Carousel as a star vehicle for Hugh Jackman, who will also produce.

The original film, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, was released in 1956 by Fox. A deal is being negotiated with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for rights to use the music and lyrics the duo wrote for the 1945 stage musical.

Jackman would play Billy Bigelow, a carnival barker whose temper puts him in the middle of a botched robbery and leads to his death. Stuck in purgatory, he's given one day to return and fix the problems he left behind -- namely a teenager who has a lot of his rebellious traits

It turns out that Jackman is well suited for the role, having performed Carousel in a 2002 Carnegie Hall concert honoring Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Though Jackman has a deal with Disney on musicals, he will always have a close alliance to Fox. Fox's X-Men boosted his career and the franchise continues to keep the money flowing. Jackman will star in the X-Men spinoff Wolverine.

Jackman has a nice slate of films coming our way including Scoop (in theatres now), The Prestige and The Fountain.

Stay tuned for updates.

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