'The Greatest Showman': Exclusive look at character posters for Hugh Jackman's musical

Gwynne Watkins
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

P.T. Barnum didn’t always tell the truth, but he knew how to put on a dazzling show. That sense of spectacle is present in these new posters for The Greatest Showman, Fox’s original musical starring Hugh Jackman as the visionary circus founder and notorious hoaxster. The film tells the story of Barnum’s unlikely rise to fame in the late 1800s, with contemporary pop songs written by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Michelle Williams co-stars as Barnum’s wife Charity, while Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya play the star performers of the Barnum & Bailey circus. Check out Yahoo Entertainment’s debut of the new character posters in the slideshow above.

The directorial debut of Australian VFX wizard Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman is a passion project for Jackman, who spent years trying to get the big-budget film made. Notably, this is Jackman’s first film musical since 2012’s Les Misérables (for which he received an Oscar nomination) and Efron’s first foray into the genre since his High School Musical days.

The Greatest Showman opens in theaters on Dec. 20.

The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. The film tells the story of the 19th century visionary, who rose from nothing to create the world-famous circus.
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Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum

The Greatest Showman is Broadway veteran Jackman’s first film musical since his Oscar-nominated performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum

Michelle Williams plays Charity, who leaves her wealthy family to marry the destitute Barnum.
(Image: 20th Century Fox)

Zac Efron as Phillip Carlyle and Zendaya as Anne Wheeler

Zac Efron plays Phillip Carlyle, an initially skeptical writer who becomes Barnum’s partner and friend. Zendaya plays Anne Wheeler, a trapeze artist in Barnum’s show who becomes the object of Phillip’s affection.
(Image: 20th Century Fox)

Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind

Rebecca Ferguson plays Jenny Lind, a famous singer who helps Barnum reach a new audience.
(Image: 20th Century Fox)

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