Michelle Williams signs on to the cast of The Greatest Showman on Earth. The Academy Award-nominated Brokeback Mountain and My Week With Marilyn actress will play a leading role in the planned biopic.
Williams’ is the third major star to be attached to the upcoming film from 20th Century Fox. The movie already boasts the likes of Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman, who is set to play legendary circus showman P.T. Barnum.
Based on a script by Sex in the City writer Jenny Bicks, The Greatest Showman will tell Barnum’s story. In addition, the project is also intended to be a musical, meaning it will be the first such film to be made in Hollywood without any Broadway or theatrical origins in over twenty years:
The Greatest Showman on Earth, scripted by Sex in the City writer Jenny Bicks, offers a musical take on the life of P.T. Barnum, specifically focusing on the creation of his three-ring circus and his infatuation with “Swedish Nightingale” Jenny Lind.
Hugh Jackman, who is currently filming his reportedly final X-Men franchise appearance in the still-untitled Wolverine 3, will himself produce The Greatest Showman on Earth alongside Laurence Mark and Chernin Entertainment.
Williams will next be seen this December opposite Casey Affleck and Kyle Chandler in the drama Manchester by the Sea, and she just completed work on Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck.
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