Michael Gracey to Direct P.T. Barnum Biopic THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH Starring Hugh Jackman

     August 17, 2011

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Back in August 2009, we reported that Hugh Jackman was set to star in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth and a short two years later that project now has a director.  THR reports that commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the project which focuses on the legendary circus owner/swindler and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind aka “the Swedish Nightingale”.  Back in 2009 we reported that Anne Hathaway was being courted for Lind but now it appears that the role is wide open.  Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) wrote the script, and Jackman will produce alongside John Palermo and Laurence Mark.  This is the second film Gracey has signed to direct this month.  We reported on August 3rd that he had signed on to direct Disney’s China-set Snow White film (because we needed another fucking Snow White movie) The Order of the Seven.

Hit the jump for a recap of Jackman’s other projects.

It will be interesting to see where Greatest Showman falls into Jackman’s schedule.  A sequel to his next film, Shawn Levy’s Real Steel, is already in development, and he may reteam with Shawn Levy for the remake of Fantastic Voyage.  He’s also signed to play Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables, and of course, The Wolverine (which starts filming in October according to Jackman).   Of all his possible post-Wolverine projects, I hope that Les Miserables will be his next because, believe it or not, he’s never starred in a live-action feature film musical.  Also, I don’t want to wait longer than I have to for a Les Miserables movie.

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