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July 12, 2016 at 05:01 PM EDT

The Greatest Showman

type
Movie
genre
Movie Musicals, Drama
release date
12/20/17
performer
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya
director
Michael Gracey
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG

Zendaya might soon be flying high above a three-ring circus, as EW can confirm the actress and singer is currently in negotiations to board the long-developed Fox musical The Greatest Showman.

The 19-year-old joins a growing list of stars in talks to join Hugh Jackman in the project, including Michelle Williams and Zac Efron. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, the Disney Channel star will play a trapeze artist who falls for Efron’s character.

News of Jackman’s involvement in the Fox production broke back in 2009, when it was announced the Australian actor would play P.T. Barnum, the legendary founder of what would eventually become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus., in a contemporary musical for the studio.

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Michael Gracey, who previously worked as a visual effects supervisor on Heath Ledger’s Ned Kelly in 2003, will direct the film from a script written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine).

Original songs for The Greatest Showman will be written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, who worked on NBC’s musical series Smash in addition to working on stage productions like James and the Giant Peach and A Christmas Story: the Musical.

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