For a while now, Hugh Jackman has balanced competing, wildly different careers. On the one hand, he's the effervescent and flamboyant Boy From Oz on the stage -- a gig that has him swathed in gold pants and sashaying across the stage. On the other hand, he's the mutton-chopped Wolverine; hairy, tough, and full of grumbling machismo. It's one of the strangest cases of dueling personalities in one man that Hollywood's seen, but the lines are starting to blur. Jackman's been itching for big-screen musicals, and Variety reports that he will star as the iconic P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Show on Earth.

Sexying up the life of Mr. Barnum (just look -- the man was no Hugh Jackman), the actor will sing and dance his way through the man's infatuation with Jenny Lind (paying her unprecedented amounts for her talents), and Barnum's "penchant for hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous." Sex and the City (the series) scribe Jenny Bicks is writing the screenplay, and Brit singer/songwriter Mika is being zeroed in on to write the contemporary music and lyrics. But that's not all -- Lind's character is being scripted with Anne Hathaway in mind, although she's not attached yet. (See them on-stage at the Oscars here.)

An original scripted musical? Of all things circus starring Hugh Jackman? I'm in, and I'm not even a huge fan of musicals.

Will it be the Greatest Show on Earth?
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