Thanks to EW we have our first look at Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in director Michael Gracey's upcoming movie-musical The Greatest Showman. The photos also feature Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya.
I actually had the opportunity to see the first footage from this movie at CinemaCon and it was truly spectacular! You can check out our video reaction of the footage that we saw here. This is definitely a movie that I'm excited about seeing. With all these photos being released today, maybe we'll get to see a trailer in the near future. When talking about the film Jackman said:
"Up until La La Land, everyone was saying there hasn’t been an original musical in 23 years. So the prevailing thought in Hollywood was, unless you have a brand people know, it’s not a done thing. So it just took a long time."
He goes on to talk about the story saying:
"This was also a time in America where puritans kind of ruled and the circus was the equivalent of some dark-alley-strip-show kind of thing."
The story follows Barnum’s rise from poverty-stricken childhood to the launch of his first circus in New York that made him famous. Efron plays Barnum’s business partner, who falls in love with a trapeze artist played by Zendaya. The musical will also focus on his infatuation with singer Jenny Lind, the so-called Swedish Nightingale.
The movie hits theaters on December 17th.