From crashing into an obelisk to colliding on trapezes, Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, and Zac Efron had a rough go filming circus musical.
"It would be in the Blues Brothers world," says Jackman of his X-Men musical idea. "Think chicken wire and people throwing beer bottles and him slicing them in half."
When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its doors this past May, it marked the end of a form of live entertainment made popular by master 19th century showman P.T. Barnum. At least, that’s the opinion of Hugh Jackman, who plays Barnum in the new movie musical The Greatest Showman and received a Golden Globe nomination for his spirited song-and-dance routine. “If Barnum were around today, I don’t think he’d be pitching a tent somewhere,” the actor tells Yahoo Entertainment.
Hugh Jackman musical delivers a lavish candybox musical bursting with broad strokes, bright colors, and bearded ladies.
Lions and elephants and bearded ladies, oh my! Hugh Jackman corrals all of these, plus Zac Efron and a sympathetic Michelle Williams in the new trailer for his new big-screen musical “The Greatest Showman.”
P.T. Barnum didn’t always tell the truth, but he knew how to put on a dazzling show. That sense of spectacle is present in these new posters for The Greatest Showman , Fox’s original musical starring Hugh Jackman as the visionary circus founder and notorious hoaxster. The film tells the story of Barnum’s unlikely rise to fame in the late 1800s, with contemporary pop songs written by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Michelle Williams co-stars as Barnum’s wife Charity, while Zac Efron , Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya play the star performers of the Barnum & Bailey circus. Check out Yahoo Entertainment’s debut of the new character posters in the slideshow above. The directorial debut of Australian VFX wizard Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman is a passion project for Jackman, who spent years trying to get the big-budget film made . Notably, this is Jackman’s first film musical since 2012’s Les Misérables (for which he received an Oscar nomination) and Efron’s first foray into the genre since his High School Musical days. The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on Dec. 20.
First preview of musical about life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya, out on Xmas Day
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