Date: 16th June 2016
Fox is in negotiations with Zac Efron to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth.
The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is set to be scripted by Jenny Bicks and produced by Laurence Mark and Jackman. Michael Gracey is attached to direct.
Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous.
The project is a major priority for the studio given its relationship with Jackman and the lengths it has taken to get the film off the ground. Should Efron’s deal go through, it would serve to solidify the project and give it a shot of momentum.
Source: Press Release