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We know Hugh Jackman can act, and he can sing, winning two Tony Awards, and more so than ever… the performer can put on a show.

The Australian actor takes on the role of real-life visionary P.T. Barnum in the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman (December 20). Yes, that P.T. Barnum as in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

But, the story takes us back to the early days, when it all began… before anything of its kind existed. Barnum gave runaways a place to belong, ultimately “running the night” as attractions in his circus. Of course, not everyone was welcoming to the nighttime spectacles, and that’s exactly what Barnum was counting on:

In the above, Barnum is referred to by a friend as a “scoundrel,” possibly meant to be a term of endearment, but he prefers “showman.”

You can look for other familiar faces in The Greatest Showman, including Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Rebecca Hall.

The screenplay is written by Jenny Bicks (Men in Trees) and Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes), with this being director Michael Gracey‘s debut feature film. The songs are brought to us by La La Land‘s Academy Award winning composing team, made up of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. 

It was P.T. Barnum’s goal to bring smiles to the faces in the audience — did this trailer do that for you? 

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By Brigid Brown