Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has attached Hugh Jackman to play American showman P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, an original contemporary musical to be written by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City).
The film will be produced by Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls), Jackman and his Seed partner John Palermo.
Jackman will play the showman with a penchant for hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous. The musical also focuses on his infatuation with singer Jenny Lind — the so-called Swedish Nightingale.
The film will have a contemporary musical score, and the studio is in talks with British singer-songwriter Mika to write music and lyrics.
The Lind role is being scripted for Anne Hathaway, who teamed with Jackman in his opening Oscars number.