Good news to anyone who's been desperately hoping to once again see the cocktail of Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, song and dance that made the Oscars so song and dancey. Wolverine has signed on to star as P.T. Barnum in some kind of musical biopic, while the subject of his infatuation is being written with hopes for Devil Wears Prada to take the part. From Variety:
Twentieth 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 scripted by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City").
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 Lind role is being scripted for Anne Hathaway, who teamed with Jackman in his opening Oscars number.
It probably came down to Jackman and George Wendt. You could really only flip a coin to decide who's better suited for the part.