Zac Efron in Talks to Join Hugh Jackman’s ‘Greatest Showman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Zac Efron in Talks to Join
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Fox is in negotiations with Zac Efron to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”

Fox had no comment on Efron’s possible attachment.

The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is set to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) and produced by Chernin Entertainment, 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 Barnum & Bailey Circus that made him famous. Barnum had gained fame as a 19th Century impressario with tours of Tom Thumb and the singer Jenny Lind; he began calling it the “Greatest Show on Earth” near the end of his career.

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.

Efron is having a busy summer with “Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising” bowing in May and the Fox comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” opening next month. Efron is also set to star in Paramount’s comedy tentpole “Baywatch” which opens next May and also stars Dwayne Johnson.

He is repped by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment. His attorney is Patti Felker.

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  1. Monaco says:

    Greatest Showman is a musical biopic ( but not a sung-through musical) which focuses on the life of the world’s first impresario and one would expect drama, music, and spectacle! In an earlier report last year, this was shared : “Efron is in talks to star as Phillip, a handsome, rich young theatre producer who decides to become Barnum’s junior partner/apprentice and eventually becomes Barnum’s close friend and ringmaster.” It is not in the realm of High School Musical or even Hairspray. I am looking forward to this musical dramatization.

  2. Noelle says:

    Haven’t we had enough of Zac Efron, who can neither sing nor dance (his vocals in the High School Musical trilogy were dubbed by a professional singer and splintered editing gave the illusion that he was dancing)?
    86 Efron, and hire the amazingly talented Derek Hough. Hough and Jackman would make a formidable team, and the movie would be the dynamic hit it deserves to be. Efron would ruin it!

    • Bama234 says:

      To answer your question, no, we absolutely have not.

    • Tew says:

      Zac Efron sang in High School Musical 2 and 3, Me and Orson Welles and Hairsrpay as I can remember, honestly Derek Hough isn’t a star and he don’t have an extense credit as an “actor” too (only a flopped dance movie called “Make your Move”), if Zac Efron is a good dancer or just an actor “pretending to be one” (as himself defines) is irrelevant because, like you said, it’s a movie, they can “disguise” it if they want to, we’re not talking about a live musical play

    • M,O says:

      he sang in 8 movies in total. he didn’t sang in the first hsm, but he DID in the second one and the third one. also he has a really, really good voice. especially in hairspray.

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