20th Century Fox just released the first trailer for it’s biographical musical drama about P.T. Barnum, the man who “invented” show-business.
Starring Hugh Jackman as the showman himself, the film follows the story of Barnum, founder of the circus that later became a circus traveling company “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus” in the 19th century.
His shows were once billed “The Greatest Show on Earth”, and served as the setting for that 1952 movie of the same title which starred Charlton Heston.
The trailer shows Barnum being unemployed, then later recruiting unique talents and inspiring them for his famous circus acts. “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else,” says Barnum.
Jackman is also the producer of the film, along with Laurence Mark. Some might remember that Jackman showcased his musical skills while hosting The 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009, an event which Laurence Mark co-produced with Bill Condon, who is now credited as co-author of the screenplay for The Greatest Showman. Its interesting how Hollywood works, huh.
The film is directed by Michael Gracey who is currently attached on another biopic, “Rocketman”, based on Elton John with Tom Hardy attached to star. Also in The Greatest Showman are Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. The film is slated for release later this year on December 25.