Hugh Jackman's PT Barnum Biopic Finds Its Director
It's been a great two weeks for director Michael Gracey. Though he has spent years in the industry working primarily on commercials and visual-effects, Gracey got his big break when it was announced earlier this month that he has been hired by Disney to helm The Order Of The Seven, the studio's new take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie will be the director's feature debut, but apparently he isn't wasting anytime picking up projects for the future, according to Variety.
Reports say that Gracey has signed a deal to helm The Greatest Showman on Earth, a biopic about P.T. Barnum, for 20th Century Fox. Set to star Hugh Jackman as the titular entertainer/scam artist, the film will be a musical and center on the man's relationship with Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer (though that role has yet to be cast), and the creation of his famous three-ring circus. While the project has been floating around since 2009 and this is a major move, don't expect to see this project go into production any time in the immediate future. While Gracey won't be starting work on The Order of the Seven until next year, Jackman is committed to making both The Wolverine, a sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Tom Hooper's Les Miserables.
While Gracey has never helmed a feature film before, what's funny is that this won't be the first time that the director has worked with a singing-and-dancing Hugh Jackman. Last year he made a Lipton Ice Tea commercial featuring the Australian star and..well, see for yourself:
Back to top