One of the closest things to a triple threat that Hollywood has seen in a long time is actor Hugh Jackman. He can act, he can sing, and boy can he dance. On Broadway he has had the opportunity to showcase all three, but never on film. Until now.
20th Century Fox has attached Jackman to play P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, an original musical from the creators of Dreamgirls. The film will be produced by Laurence Mark, John Palermo, and Jackman and the script is to be written by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City). The creative team banks on the success of this past year’s Oscar telecast for which Mark was a producer, Bicks was on the writing team, Jackman of course was the fantastic host.
Jackman plays the showman who dazzled audiences with his famous three-ring circus. It will also feature his alleged love affair with Jenny Lind – the so-called Swedish Nightingale. Anne Hathaway is in talks to play Lind, another addition from the Oscar telecast (Hathaway teamed up with Jackman in that great musical number).
This sounds like a fantastic project. I think that original musicals need to be more prevalent in the movies. We’ve seen enough regurgitations of Broadway hits that don’t hold a candle to the original. Even Broadway has been running out of ideas, with increasing popularity in adaptations of films and jukebox musicals.
A lot more has to be known about this project, but I have high hopes. Oscar frontrunner for 2012?