United States, nineteenth century. P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) just lost his job as a clerk because the company he worked for has gone bankrupt. Eager to offer his wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and his two daughters the life he had always promised them, Barnum embarks on a colossal project: create a great and amazing circus show. For this, this inventor of the show bussines will look for unique artists, from dwarves, to bearded women, tightrope walkers and all kinds of imaginative shows. His motto: to do something new you have to do something unconventional.
The great showman is a musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of P.T. Barnum, a visionary showman and circus entrepreneur who emerged from nowhere to create a show that became a global sensation and was known as “The greatest show on Earth”.
This musical biopic about Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) is the directorial debut of Michael Gracey and its protagonist is Hugh Jackman (Bread: Journey to Neverland, Immortal Wolverine, Prisoners) as the circus showman and businessman. Rounding out the cast are Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train, Mission: Impossible – Secret Nation), Zac Efron (Damn Neighbor 2, The News Boy), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Shutter Island) and the actress and singer Zendaya.