The Greatest Showman trailer: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron play performers in film about invention of show business
In a serious conversation in the trailer of the upcoming film The Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman urges Zac Efron to join him because he has a knack for show business. "Show business? I've never heard of it," says Efron. "That's cause I just invented it," replies Jackman's character with glee.
Jackman plays the top-hat wearing PT Barnum, who is called the master American showman. The film looks at how the concept of show business started and the role that Barnum, who went from being unemployed to the creator of the circus, had to play in it.
"Every one of us is special... and nobody is like anyone else. That is the point of my show," is Jackman's most poignant line from the trailer. After establishing himself in the show business, Barnum became a politician and abolitionist.
Also starring in the film are Zendaya, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson. It will hit screens on Christmas 2018. Michael Gracey will be directing this film, which has been scripted by Jenny Bicks and Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon. It is an original musical, and features songs provided by Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also contributed to films like La La Land.
While The Greatest Showman is set in the 1800s, Hugh Jackman has asserted that the feel of the music is current. "We were clear from the beginning that this wouldn’t feel like a period movie or a historical piece. What would Barnum do now? I have an almost-12-year-old daughter. I wanted [the movie] to be as exciting for her as listening to Katy Perry’s new song," he told Entertainment Weekly.
Watch the trailer here: