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Fall Movie Preview

The Greatest Showman: Why Hugh Jackman calls costar Zendaya a 'badass'

See exclusive new photos from the musical, which hits theaters Dec. 25

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After nine movies as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman can handle action, but even he was impressed by the stunt work done by Zendaya on the set of their new musical The Greatest Showman. The film, about P.T. Barnum and the creation of his iconic circus, finds the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress playing a trapeze artist. Zendaya trained for months in order to perfect the acrobatic skill. “I got to accomplish something and try a new skill I never thought I’d ever do in my whole life but I did it,” the actress told EW on set in January. “Scratch that off the bucket list.”

The actress is still wowed by the fact that Wolverine is wowed by her. “Before I went up [in the trapeze] he goes, ‘Zendaya, you’re a badass,'” she says. “How many people have Hugh say, ‘You’re a badass’? Nobody gets that!” Adds Jackman, “She’s what I call a unicorn. I don’t know if there has been anyone like Zendaya or will be anyone ever again. That girl makes it all look absolutely effortless.”

The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on Dec. 25. See another new photo from the film below.

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