〉Efron is in talks for a supporting role in the musical rendering of P.T. Barnum’s life.
Zac Efron is in talks to star opposite Hugh Jackman in 20th Century Fox’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH. The original musical will tell the story of P.T. Barnum, a showman with a gift for hoaxing the public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous. The film serves as a musical rendition of the life of P.T. Barnum, who formed the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jackman will star as Barnum.
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. The role would require Efron to channel his Hairspray and High School Musical roots, as it requires signing and dancing
Michael Gracey will direct the musical biopic, with the screenplay’s most current draft having been written by Bill Condon, with a polish by Jonathan Tropper.
Production is slated to commence late this summer, in New York.
Last year, Efron starred in the comedies That Awkward Moment, opposite Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan and Neighbors, opposite Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. The in-demand actor will next star in We Are Your Friends, The Falling, The Associate, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. He’ll also return for Neighbors 2 and star in an untitled project with Robert De Niro.
Clark Allen | Staff Writer