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Hugh Jackman The Greatest Showman on Earth

Published August 4, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Finally an original project! After reporting on adaptations all morning I've now been given news that Hugh Jackman has agreed to star in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a contemporary musical scripted by Jenny Bicks.

Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman on Earth

In the film, Jackman will play P.T. Barnum, a 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 currently being designed for Anne Hathaway. If you caught this year's Oscar opening performance, you will remember that Hathaway had a small duet with Jackman.

When you hear contemporary musical, expect the score to feature a mix of contemporary tracks. Jackman, who has a Tony Award for The Boy From Oz, is hoping to star in a collection of movie musicals. While Showman should kick things off, Jackman is also committed to the David Magee-scripted Carousel remake at Fox 2000. He is hoping that Hathaway will co-star with him on that film as well.

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