Zac Efron is also circling the musical about P.T. Barnum
Michelle Williams may be going under the big top.
The actress is in talks to play the female lead opposite Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, Fox’s musical about P.T. Barnum and his famous traveling circus, a source confirms to EW.
Jackman has been attached to the project since 2009 and is on board to play Barnum, the huckster and three-ring impresario who founded what would become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Zac Efron is also in talks for a role in the film.
Veteran commercial and music video director Michael Gracey is helming Showman, with Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) writing the script. Justin Paul and Benj Hasek (Broadway’s A Christmas Story: The Musical) are penning the music.
Williams previously demonstrated her musical prowess in a Broadway production of Cabaret and the film My Week With Marilyn. She is currently coming off a Tony-nominated performance in Blackbird, and her upcoming films include Manchester by the Sea, Certain Women, and Wonderstruck.
Deadline first reported her potential casting in Showman.