TRAILER: The Greatest Showman

Deadline reports:

Twentieth Century Fox unwraps P.T. Barnum-inspired musical The Greatest Showman on December 25 this year, and today has dropped the first trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starrer. Directed by Michael Gracey, the showbiz origins story features original songs by La La Land‘s Oscar winning lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Jackman plays Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The footage sees Barnum at a crossroads after losing his office job and sparking the idea to “put on a show.” He recruits the various characters who will join the troupe, convincing Zac Efron to “run away and join the circus” — and “inventing” the term “show business” along the way. It’s all set to Keala Settle’s Bearded Woman singing what is likely to be a breakout tune, “This Is Me.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s a Moulin Rouge attempt.

    • Jonathan Smith

      yeah, didn’t care for that either.

      • Rambie

        Ewan just wasn’t shirtless enough. 😉

        • Jonathan Smith
          • Rambie

            No he can’t, but either can I. Plus, I didn’t have the volume up, my dear. 😉

          • Silver Badger

            Drop the towel and we’ll see.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Google. Ewan McGregor has been seen, seen, seen again and re-seen. He’s probably done more full frontal nude scenes than any other major actor. But my favorites of his were in The Pillow Book and Velvet Goldmine.

            Psst… he’s pretty big.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Velvet Goldmine 🙂

          • Silver Badger

            I did. Some were pretty obviously photo shopped, but it was fun viewing!

          • JCF

            Somehow I stumbled upon “Pillow Book” one time (God only knows what cable channel it was. Mid-2000ies). Wow! 1) That I saw it, and 2) there was no way around it! O_o

          • bambinoitaliano

            As oppose to Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia? 😛

          • Jonathan Smith

            Oh. Hell no. Ruined the whole movie for me every time he tried

        • leo77

          Love me some Ewan. Scot burrrrrrr, woof.

        • leo77

          I digress, but as long as we’re on a Celtic theme. (I’m thinking about that smoking hot guy in the kilt that was at Fulsom East this year and who was then over at the Eagle later in the day.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKIGystgThc

          • Rambie

            YAS!

        • bambinoitaliano

          There’s always The Pillow Book 😛

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        But that tango scene could have been really hot.. if it had more dudes. Okay, only dudes. Naked.

    • Robincho

      There you go, tilting at moulins again…

      • bambinoitaliano

        I could go to Les Miserables 😛

        • Robincho

          Of course! And meanwhile, back here in Cervantes land, I’ve got a panza that could use a little sancho-ing… 😉

  • JIM W

    I am all for trying to bring back the “Hollywood Musical”. I hope this is a success. I’d like to see “Hamilton” made into a film.

    • Ernest Endevor

      It will be.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        In about 17-17-17-1786 years from now.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • ZhyKitty

    I’m sold! I love musicals, I love “oddities, freaks, and spectacles” (as I consider myself to exist amongst such great company)….and I might even consider seeing this in the theater with the wee gayling who, as of today, has his first solo apartment all on his own. *dabs tears*

    • Robincho

      My best to the Wee Gayling as he cuts the ribbon on his new place!
      Ya done good, ma… xoxoxoxo

      • Jonathan Smith

        you said it better, so I’ll just upvote.

    • So good to see you Miss Kitty!

    • Speaking from experience, Kitty m’love – don’t get too worked up over the wee gayling moving out on his own… You’ll actually be seeing more of him now. “Mom, how do I…?” “Mom, watza….?” “Hi Mom, what’s for dinner?” “Mom? Can I bring over some laundry?”
      Trust me – he’ll be underfoot just as much or more now, as he was before he moved out. My sympathies, Che’ – and my love to you both.

  • Mike C

    I mean, yet another “oooo whoa oooo whoa” song aside I’m pretty sold. I think it’s pretty neat to get original live-action musicals.

    • leo77

      I hear you, the song writing in these things always feels a bit Celine Dione.

  • Can I be the first to sink to the bottom and say I’d gladly pay money to see Jackman and Efron copulate? Hell, I’d even pay just to watch those two have an extended mutual j/o session while whispering filthy things to each other.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Efron does nothing for me. Chacun à son goût.

      • Robincho

        Kudos on your French orthography… 😉

        • Natty Enquirer

          Merçi. 😉

          • Robincho

            De rien, chéri…

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    For some reason, I have no desire to see this.

    http://turri.me/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/graphic-trump-0111.jpg

    • Ernest Endevor

      “This way to the egress,”

      • Natty Enquirer

        It’s over by that sign that says “Article II, Section 4.”

    • 5moreminutes*imtired

      I’ll see it twice for you.

      • Jonathan Smith

        we all watching it live.

    • Robincho

      I agree, kinda. But still, there’s Huge Ackman (“ack” being the sound I make when I’m choking on his dick in my dreams)…

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Liza Minelli *loves* Hugh Jackman. I just always remember her saying that on TV before I knew who Hugh Jackman was. (I do like him too, btw)

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        After me.

        • Natty Enquirer

          There’s enough for everyone.

        • Robincho

          That man can burn my bannock ANY damn day, yo…

      • swimboy

        I had a very butch gay friend who repeatedly said he wanted to go down on Jackman’s wife, just so he could say his tongue had been in the same place as Hugh’s. It caught the straight people off-guard every time.

  • PickyPecker

    Pass. La La Land put me off musical films for the time being.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Thank you. Same here. That was sooooo overrated.

      • PickyPecker

        Got it thru NetFlix…barely made it thru the whole thing awake. The first number on the freeway was fun, but the rest of the film was VERY forced and not sung/danced well at all.

        • Adam King

          The new idea in Hollywood seems to be that any actor can sing and dance. When they suck at it we’re supposed to think it’s cute that they tried. Oh, for the days when people learned to sing and dance by practicing their craft on the stage, and didn’t get a camera pointed at them until they’d proved themselves.

      • Natty Enquirer

        So is Ryan Gosling. I’d rather scrub blackboards than listen to his voice.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      It had the same affect on me, but absolutely nothing can put me off Hugh Jackman. That man would not be safe around me.

  • Ninja0980

    Was at the zoo doing the uncle thing, did I miss anything fun while I was gone?

    • PickyPecker

      Just the usual bunch of wankers squealing about how gays don’t exist…yadda, yadda. Another day ending in ‘Y.’

    • Sam_Handwich

      how avuncular of you

  • Mickey Bitsko

    How could a movie called “The Greatest Showman” not be about John Waters?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Or Freddie Mercury for that matter…hell David Bowie!

  • Elsewhere1010

    How many power ballads?

    And isn’t a bit like On the Town, where the movie threw out the Broadway score (well, it was only Leonard Bernstein)? The musical Barnum had a great score by, I think, Cy Coleman.

    • Robincho

      ONLY by Leonard Bernstein?…

      • Elsewhere1010

        Apparently, that’s what Hollywood thought. Roger Edens wrote the new score because he didn’t like Bernstein’s.

        Sort of defines the term “jackass”, don’t you think?.

        • Robincho

          Edens is the sort of thing Lenny would gut for breakfast…

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      The guys who wrote the score just won a Tony for “Dear Evan Hanson”, okay several Tonys. They also were up for a Best Musical Tony for “A Christmas Story – The Musical”. Both had a great music.

  • Blake J Butler

    I used to like RHPS until i grew to hate Sarandon, i liked REPO: the genetic opera with Paul Sorvino, i liked Chicago, Sweeney Todd, theres several more i could name but i just don’t adhere to a lot of new musicals, for example i refuse to see la la land.

    • SoCalGal20

      La La Land is kind of navel-gazey (both the main characters and the movie itself). I think if you live in L.A. and have anything at all to do with the Business it has more relevance. And I thought the opening number was fun and sort of iconic L.A. but there are other L.A.-centric movies I like more (Swingers, L.A. Confidential, Chinatown, etc). Also, there aren’t that many songs in La La Land.

  • Blake J Butler

    Underwear line protests outside of Senator Flakes office.

    https://www.facebook.com/arizonasfamily/videos/10154658059022014/

  • Jonathan Smith

    OMG. we are all debating the future of the Musical Movie.
    think I fell in with “da gayz”

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Elsewhere1010

    How many power ballads?

    And isn’t a bit like On the Town, where the movie threw out the Broadway score (well, it was only Leonard Bernstein)? The musical Barnum had a great score by, I think, Cy Coleman.

    • Chris

      Well, no because this mov ire doesn’t claim to have anything to do with the musical Barnum. This is an original work.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • jimbo65

    O/T rant. Now I remember why I don’t bother watching the early MSNBC shows. Watched part of Ali what’s his names show. He was interviewing Norbert Nordquist. Followed by a Gop senator. It was just an endless parade of “Obamacare bad and failing ” Got tired of the one sided arguments of the Gop guests and shut it off.

    • Jonathan Smith

      used to keep it on all the time, now only 8pm-Midnight.

    • JCF

      I can’t tell you how much it pisses me off in the daytime, when MSNBC has some brainless/heartless Rethug on, and then when I switch (in disgust) to CNN, THEY have some brainless/heartless Rethug on, too! There oughtta be a law: not at the same time! >:-/

  • Texndoc

    I suppose it will bring up memories of “The Greatest Show on Earth” from “I’m ready for my closeup, Mister DeMille” in 1952 and I believe considered the worst picture to have ever won the Best Picture Oscar. I saw it on the classic channel, it was weirdly entertaining.

  • bkmn

    Why do they waste so much money on male costumes? Such a shame.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While it does look intriguing and definitely has a Moulin Rouge vibe, I can’t help but be bothered at the rather overt glossing over of what Barnum actually did and how he did it. As I said, it intrigues, but I’m not comfortable with the historical scrubbing.

    • shivadog

      It bothers me too, but it is almost impossible to find historical accuracy in a movie. (which really sucks, since most people know almost nothing of history except what they have seen on the screen)

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Indeed. While Barnum did bring some degree of dignity to his performers, the fact remains the reality of their lives was no so cheery or upbeat. Still, it’s obviously meant to be a ‘feel good’ movie so I’ll let it go.

        That said, it would be nice if people picked up a book once in awhile to learn the truth rather than, as you say, learning history from the screen.

  • Henry Auvil

    I must admit it looks kinda good. I always appreciated Barnum’s line about how “there’s a sucker born every minute.” Little did he know how that would play out eventually in national politics.

  • JCF

    So poignant, that it (PT’s Greatest Show) just closed after 146 years. [Yeah, I know: animal rights. OK. But still. Just for the clowns and acrobats (Saw it when I was 13. Oakland, 1975. A wonderful weekend w/ my late aunt & uncle I’ll never forget)]

  • StudioTodd

    Oh, cool–more revisionist history.

    He wasn’t exploiting people with his “freakshow”–he was empowering them…is that what we’re meant to think now?