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.”