Hugh Jackman Introduces 'The Greatest Showman' at CinemaCon

During the event, Jackman presented 'Showman' first sneak peek, which was filled with songs written by 'La La Land' songwriters.

AceShowbiz - Hugh Jackman introduced his upcoming musical movie "The Greatest Showman" at CinemaCon on Thursday, March 30. The movie is inspired by the life of Barnum & Bailey Circus' founder P.T. Barnum, who will be portrayed by Jackman. During the introduction, Jackman also presented the first sneak peek of the movie.

According to USA Today, the footage is filled with musical numbers which may remind viewers to critically-acclaimed "La La Land". Jackman announced that the songs for "The Greatest Showman" were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who previously served as "La La Land" songwriters.

The footage also offered a look at Jackman as Barnum as well as Zac Efron and Zendaya Coleman's characters. It also featured newcomer Keala Settle, who plays sensational character the Bearded Lady.

"All the main actors have a very big moment," said Jackman. He added, "We have Michelle Williams and I ballroom dancing on a rooftop. Zac and I tap dancing on tabletops. We have Zendaya Coleman and Zac flying through the air on trapeze rigs. P.T. Barnum, you know what he said, 'Life is what you choose to make it.' "

Jackman revealed that there had been "big name actresses" who had wished to play the Bearded Lady, but the role eventually landed on Settle. "Remember that name," the "Logan" actor said to the crowd, believing that Settle would be a big star someday.

"The Greatest Showman" is set to be released in the U.S. on December 25. Also starring in the movie are Rebecca Ferguson (II), Paul Sparks, Diahann Carroll, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Will Swenson.

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