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Hugh Jackman Responds To Calls For Greatest Showman Sequel

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Hugh Jackman Responds To Calls For Greatest Showman Sequel

Hugh Jackman has spoken out about the possibility of there being a sequel to The Greatest Showman.

The 2017 musical film, based on the book and musical about circus leader Phineas Taylor Barnum and his array of talented and dynamic performers, portrayed by a star-studded cast including Zendaya, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams, was a box office smash.

However, whether or not the film could get a sequel has since been addressed by Jackman, who took on the starring role of Barnum.

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On Thursday, 12 May, at the 2022 Tony Awards nominees event held in New York, Jackman told PEOPLE he is 'always open' to the idea of a sequel.

Jokingly referring to how he reprised the role of Wolverine a whopping nine times, the 52-year-old actor said: "Listen, if you know anything about my filmography, you'd know I'm totally against sequels in every shape or form. No more than nine films!"

Going back to The Greatest Showman, he said: "If they come up with a good idea. Yeah, I'm open!"

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Hugh Jackman has revealed whether or not he'd be up for reprising his role as P T Barnum in a sequel to The Greatest Showman. Credit: 20th Century Fox
Hugh Jackman has revealed whether or not he'd be up for reprising his role as P T Barnum in a sequel to The Greatest Showman. Credit: 20th Century Fox

However, just because Jackman is 'open' to the idea of a sequel, doesn't mean he thinks the wheels will actually be put into motion.

In August 2021, Jackman told LADbible he wasn't aware of any script and didn't think a sequel could happen.

He said: "And you know, this was a Fox movie that is now a Disney movie, right? So I don't know what the plan is. I haven't heard anything. Honestly, I haven't heard anything."

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While Jackman seems up for a sequel to the 2017 release, his co-star Michelle Williams' seemed even more enthusiastic.

The actress told Variety she would 'would make another one of those [The Greatest Showman] in a heartbeat'.

Williams explained: "That movie brought so much joy to so many people and to make people that happy, man that is a worthwhile thing to spend your time doing. I really love that movie. My daughter Matilda sang those songs. My mom is still listening to that soundtrack. I love making things for kids that are full of joy and positivity.

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"[...] I wish they'd make a sequel."

Despite Jackman and Williams' agreement to get involved if a sequel is created, Jackman warned they may be running out of time to create the film.

He added: "But it did take us eight years to get that first movie made, you know, to create and write music and build it.

"So if there's going to be a sequel, and I'm not going to be on a Zimmer frame, we better get going."

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy/20th Century Fox

Topics: Film & TV, Hugh Jackman, Film and TV

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