After hanging up his claws and mane following this year’s Logan, star Hugh Jackman has been busy with his next project, The Greatest Showman, for which we have been given our first look at today courtesy of EW.
Logan has been a huge hit this year for Jackman, as his final appearance as Wolverine went down well with audiences – the film has so far grossed $606million worldwide thus far – and is about to get a “noir” version release, which will see the entire film shown in black and white.
His new film, which is set for a premium release during this year’s Awards season, takes the actor back to his roots in a musical extravaganza that could follow last year’s La La Land into the heart’s of audiences worldwide. It’s the story of P.T. Barnam, a man who made a name for himself with huge circus-style extravaganza’s that saw him rise to fame after a hard life of poverty previously. His work on The Prestige back in 2006 may well have come in handy here.
Speaking to EW, Jackman said that while it has the hallmarks of a “classic-looking” film, it’s anything but, saying:
“We were clear from the beginning that this wouldn’t feel like a period movie or a historical piece… What would Barnum do now? I have an almost-12-year-old daughter. I wanted [the movie] to be as exciting for her as listening to Katy Perry’s new song.”
Here’s the synopsis:
The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
As well as Jackman, the film stars Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Certain Women), Zac Efron (Baywatch, The Paperboy) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and is directed by Michael Gracey.
The Greatest Showman opens on Christmas Day in the US and January 2018 in the UK.