Thursday, 21 July 2016

Zac Efron set to join Hugh Jackman in P.T. Barnum biopic

Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) has been trying to get a film about showman P.T. Barnum made for years now. It has seemingly been stuck in development limbo all this time, despite nabbing a director (Michael Gracey) and the star power of Jackman pushing it forward. But he is hoping it will gather some much needed impetus, though, with word arriving via Variety that Zac Efron (That Awkward Moment) is in talks to co-star in The Greatest Showman On Earth.

Barnum's life is one of spectacle and deception, and he was the creator of the famous three-ring Barnum & Bailey Circus. Before that, he was an impresario touring the circuit with various acts.

This one has been on Jackman's slate since at least 2009, when he hosted the 81st Academy Awards and worked with show producer Laurence Mark and former Sex And The City writer Jenny Bicks, who contributed material to the awards gala's script. Animation and special effects veteran Gracey was hired back in 2011.

There is no indication yet as to who Efron might be playing in the film, and it is still in negotiations stage, so he is not a definite part of it in any regards. Still, he has just worked with 20th Century Fox on Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, which arrives here on 12 August, and will also be seen in next year's Baywatch movie.

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