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Hugh Jackman set for The Greatest Showman on Earth

Hugh Jackman in Australia

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Jackman is set to play P.T. Barnum in a new film version of The Greatest Showman on Earth.

Twentieth Century Fox has just enlisted commercials director and visual effects wizard Michael Gracey to direct the contemporary musical.

Jackman will portray the legendary showman who created the three-ring circus and who had a penchant for playing hoaxes on a gullible public.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a focal point of the film will be Barnum’s infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind, otherwise known as the Swedish Nightingale – although, as yet, no actress has been cast for that role.

The Greatest Showman on Earth will be based on a script by Jenny Bicks (of Sex & The City fame) and is also being produced by Jackman.

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