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​Zac Efron ‘Hopes’ There Is A Greatest Showman Sequel

Jess Hardiman

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​Zac Efron ‘Hopes’ There Is A Greatest Showman Sequel

There's been a great deal of chatter about a potential sequel to The Greatest Showman ever since the film's release in 2017.

Hugh Jackman recently revealed he's game, and both he and director Michael Gracy have confirmed they're working on a treatment for a follow-up.

Now Jackman's co-star Zac Efron, who plays wealthy playwright Phillip Carlyle, has also said he's up for round two.

Appearing in an episode of The Graham Norton Show, which airs this evening, Efron said he didn't know for sure about what was coming next, but was in favour of a second Greatest Showman film.

Zac Efron on The Graham Norton Show, rocking his new bleached hair. Credit: PA
Zac Efron on The Graham Norton Show, rocking his new bleached hair. Credit: PA

"Hugh (Jackman) is working on all sorts of things, including a one-man show," he told host Norton.

"What's next? I don't know but I hope there is a sequel."

Jackman has previously confirmed plans are underway for a sequel.

The Australian actor was speaking to BBC Radio 2 when he was asked about the smash hit musical, revealing the news that fans had been waiting for - even if he was a bit coy to start with.

He said: "The real answer is 'could be'. I'm not sure. I'm being completely honest with you, there is talk of something going around but no one is really sure.

Efron and Jackman in The Greatest Showman. Credit: 20th Century Fox
Efron and Jackman in The Greatest Showman. Credit: 20th Century Fox

"I think right now there's more emphasis being put on what will happen with... 'I was doing my show, will there be another live version'. No one is really sure right now, so that's the honest truth.

"But I think someone is working on a treatment for something... I know they are, they're working on a treatment for something."

However, when asked whether he would do it 'at the drop of a hat', Hugh played his cards pretty close to his chest.

He went on: "I don't know. I would like to be part of it, for sure, and I don't know if it would be centred on my character. The other thing is, it did take eight years to get [the first movie] made and that wasn't all eight years of convincing people. It takes a long time to write stuff."

During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live earlier this year, Jackman also admitted he would jump at the chance, saying: "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."

Of course, before any of that all kicks off, Efron has another film on his mind, with the forthcoming release of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, in which he stars as serial killer Ted Bundy.


"I had a lot of reservations about playing a killer and in this genre of film," Efron said.

"I wasn't interested in glorifying anything, but I was interested in the psychological aspect of whether he was capable of real love."

Admitting he wasn't sure about the role at first, he continued: "I was very hesitant to do it, but I knew I could. I just didn't want to jump at something that could be seen as a desperate shot at trying to change my image.

"It was a unique experience and not what anyone expects. It makes me proud."

The Graham Norton Show airs tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Hugh Jackman, Graham Norton, Zac Efron

Jess Hardiman
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