The circus is coming to town in the upcoming biographical musical, The Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman will star as P.T Barnum, legendary 19th century New York entrepreneur, in the tale of the founding of the famous Barnum and Bailey travelling circus.
The film will tell the story of how Barnum recruited the most unlikely and unusual group of talent, to join him on the road to ‘show business’. Rising from nothing, the entrepreneur and his family fought to create a spectacle that would become a worldwide sensation.
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – Jackman, as Barnum in The Greatest Showman.
Joining the keen ringleader in his role, Michelle Williams will be starring as Barnum’s wife, Charity. Zac Efron and Zendaya will also both be a part of the magical cast, with Efron playing Zendaya’s love interest and Barnum’s right hand man, Phillip Carlyle.
Committing to her role, Spider-man: Homecoming star, Zendaya revealed that she spent months learning various aerial stunts in order to take to the skies as Anne Wheeler, the show’s trapeze artist.
Behind the enchanting tale are writers Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, who have teamed up with director Michael Gracey, to finally pitch up the big top on the big screen, after the project was first announced back in 2009, where it was initially set to be a non-musical biopic. But that couldn’t happen after the cinematic musical ripples created by the recent success of La La Land. Thankfully the toe-tapping genius’ behind La La Land, writing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, have run away with the circus, creating original songs for The Greatest Showman.
As sceptical as one might be about the release of an original musical film, with Pasek and Paul behind the tunes, we can’t help but get excited for the opening night. It seems that The Greatest Showman will be very comfortable at the box office with the sudden rise of musical films currently in production, such as a new remake of A Star is Born, as well as Mary Poppins Returns.
With Jackman, a Tony Award winner, being no stranger to a song and a dance after his performances in Oklahoma! and Les Miserables, the circus should be in the expert hands of its valiant frontman.
The Greatest Showman is set for a UK release on January 1st, 2018.
Which act are you most excited to see in the circus?
Text: Laura Tozer
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