Director Michael Gracey has signed on to direct
The Greatest Showman On Earth
This is the second big project announcement for the red-hot Gracey - best known for his visual effects work and the commercials he directed - following news that he will helm Disney’s
The Order Of The Seven
Hugh Jackman has been cast to star as renowned circus showman P.T. Barnum in
and the script is expected to focus on Barnum’s relationship with the opera singer Jenny Lind.
The role of Lind, who was known as The Swedish Nightingale, has yet to be cast.
Jenny Bicks (
Sex And The City
) is writing the script and Jackman is picking up a second paycheck by co-producing.