Hugh Jackman gets musical as P.T. Barnum in new The Greatest Showman trailer
It’s showtime for Hugh Jackman.
The new trailer for The Greatest Showman follows circus impresario P.T. Barnum (played by Jackman) as he sets out to launch his first circus. While the first trailer focused on Barnum’s rag-to-riches story, this one is all about the spectacle, as Jackman and his costars sing, dance, and swing from the ceiling.
Michael Gracey directed the big-screen musical, which also stars Michelle Williams as Barnum’s wife, Zac Efron as his business partner, and Zendaya as a pink-haired trapeze artist. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — the Oscar-winning lyricists behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen — wrote the film’s original songs, and despite The Greatest Showman’s 19th-century setting, the music is distinctly 2017.
“We were clear from the beginning that this wouldn’t feel like a period movie or a historical piece,” Jackman told EW earlier this year. “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.”
The Greatest Showman will hit theaters Dec. 20.