Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hugh Jackman will be PT Barnum in a new musical

Remember Anne Hathaway's duet with Hugh Jackman in the Oscar's Opening number? Well, Hugh Jackman has signed on to film a brand new musical starring as PT Barnum, 'The Greatest Showman on Earth', and rumors abound that Anne Hathaway will be his Jenny Lind. Mika may even write the music, and Jenny Bicks, writer of 'Sex in the City' is helming the script.

The film will be produced by Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls"), Jackman and his Seed partner John Palermo. It is an outgrowth of their work together on the 81st Academy Awards, on which Jackman was host, Mark was exec producer, and Bicks was part of the Emmy-nominated writing team.

Jackman will play the 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.
Hugh Jackman also wants to remake Carousel. Hugh Jackman singing and dancing -- don't care who he plays, you can count me there! I saw him live in Boy From Oz, and it is a night I will never forget. Believe me, Hugh really is the Greatest Showman on Earth.

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