Hugh Jackman & more back for Greatest Showman 2

Ryan Reynolds may not have twisted his arm hard enough yet to resurrect his most popular character but new reports at least confirm that Hugh Jackman isn’t against doing more sequels.

The “X-Men” actor has agreed to star in a sequel to his 2017 hit “The Greatest Showman” – a film that’s not only snagged over $400 million at the worldwide box-office but also nabbed itself a Grammy award. Not a bad feat for a redo of an old Cecil B. DeMille flick from the ’50s – let alone one that snagged middling reviews out of the gate.

The 50-year-old actor said over recent months that he’s open to resurrecting his P.T Barnum for a sequel, now director Michael Gacey has confirmed the idea has since garnered a lot more steam.

“When a movie becomes as big a success as this, it’s only natural there is demand for a sequel,” the filmmaker, who returns to direct, tells The Sun. “So those discussions have started and we are working on one right now.”

Pasek and Paul — the songwriters behind hits including This Is Me and Never Enough — will be back. All ideas for the sequel also reportedly involve Zac Efron and Michelle Williams too.

Jackman hinted at the sequel in an interview with BBC Radio 5 in January.

“If a genuine opportunity came up where it felt like the right thing to do, then yep, I’d get the top hat back out.”

The first film, inspired by Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions, premiered in December of 2017. It became the third highest grossing musical ever in North America.

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