Hugh Jackman: ‘I’d love to star in a Greatest Showman sequel’

Hugh Jackman has thrilled fans of his hit movie musical The Greatest Showman by revealing he’d love to portray P.T. Barnum in a sequel. The 2017 film became an unlikely smash all over the world and the movie’s soundtrack has become one of 2018’s bigge…

Hugh Jackman has thrilled fans of his hit movie musical The Greatest Showman by revealing he’d love to portray P.T. Barnum in a sequel.

The 2017 film became an unlikely smash all over the world and the movie’s soundtrack has become one of 2018’s biggest hits, spawning a tribute album featuring Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

And now the film’s star is ready to go again, telling the BBC he’d relish the chance to come back for a sequel.

“If a genuine opportunity came up where it felt like the right thing to do, then yep, I’d get the top hat back out,” he said.

“We have a situation in the business where the company that did it (20th Century Fox) has been sold to Disney, so there are a lot of spinning plates right now. I’m not sure what they would do, but it did take a while to get the first one up, and it’s not to be underestimated how difficult it is to get a musical up and going.

“But it’s clear to me and to everyone that people love these characters. I loved this movie, I loved this character and it was one of the great joys of my life.”

Meanwhile, a Broadway musical version of The Greatest Showman is reportedly in the works with Nicole Scherzinger a front-runner to star, and Jackman will be hitting the road in 2019 for a one-man show, during which he will perform songs he sang in the movie, along with tracks from his film Les Miserables and a collection of Broadway hits.

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