June 16, 2016


Zac Efron May Get Back in the Musical Game in P.T. Barnum Biopic

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Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Eight years after putting a pin in his singin'-n-dancin' film career with High School Musical 3, Zac Efron's looking to get his head in the game again. 

Variety reports that the 28-year-old star of Dirty Grandpa, the Neighbors movies and the upcoming Baywatch reboot is in talks to join Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a musical biopic of P.T. Barnum. It's been in development with Jackman—a musical pro, most recently showcasing his pipes in Les Misérables and as the host of the 2014 Tony Awards—since 2009.

Here's a bit of a rundown from Variety:

"Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring Barnum & Bailey Circus that made him famous. ... The project is a major priority for the studio given its relationship with Jackman and the lengths it has taken to get the film off the ground. Should Efron’s deal go through, it would serve to solidify the project and give it a shot of momentum."

In addition to the High School Musical series, Efron starred in a big screen adaptation of the seven-time Tony-winner Hairspray in 2007. The Greatest Showman on Earth will come from first-time director Michael Gracey, who's also attached to a live-action Naruto movie.

Next, just watch Efron and Jimmy Fallon chuck glasses of water in each other's faces over and over, 'cause why not?