Newswire: Zac Efron runs off to join the circus film, The Greatest Showman On Earth

Zac Efron might soon be putting his muscles to non-fratbro use, as Variety reports that the sinewy star of the upcoming Baywatch movie is in talks to appear in the circus founder biopic, The Greatest Showman On Earth. If all goes well, Efron will play a trapeze artist or something opposite Hugh Jackman, who’s starring as the titular showman, P.T. Barnum. The Barnum & Bailey circus founder was also an author and politician, and the story of his life will be told in song in the musical from Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, Sex And The City).

The Greatest Showman On Earth has been in pre-production since 2009, but it’s not clear what delayed the project. Fox is developing the movie, and has tapped Michael Gracey, who’s also working on a live-action Naruto film, to direct. The film is a “major priority” for Fox, on account of …

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