Step right up … and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America’s original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.
Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey makes his feature film directorial debut with “The Greatest Showman,” a story that, in the larger-than-life spirit of Barnum, bursts into a boldly imagined fictional realm, one full of infectious pop tunes, glam dances and a celebration of the transformative power of showmanship, love and self-belief. Gracey braids together original songs by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) with a multi-talented cast headed by Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman to immerse audiences in the very origins of mass entertainment and mega-celebrities in the 70s … the 1870s that is. The result is a chance to enter the newly electrified world of America’s post-Civil War Gilded Age — through the viscerally contemporary lens of the pop culture just igniting then.
Twentieth Century Fox presents “The Greatest Showman,” a Laurence Mark/Chernin Entertainment production starring Hugh Jackman. Michael Gracey directs from a screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and a story by Jenny Bicks. The producers are Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, with James Mangold, Donald J. Lee, Jr. and Tonia Davis serving as executive producers. Joining with Jackman are Zac Efron as Barnum’s partner, Phillip; four-time Academy Award®-nominee Michelle Williams as Barnum’s wife, Charity; Rebecca Ferguson as Swedish superstar Jenny Lind and Zendaya as the trapeze artist Anne Wheeler.
Truly Moving Picture Award winner “The Greatest Showman” hits theaters on December 20, 2017.