Hugh Jackman Sought for Elvis Costello's Musical Adaptation of A FACE IN THE CROWD
Hugh Jackman could soon be fielding an offer from a music icon.
According to The New York Post's Michael Riedel, Elvis Costello's musical adaptation of the 1957 film A FACE IN THE CROWD is moving along, with producers are currently looking at leading stars - their top choice being the Tony-winning Jackman.
The project, with a book by, Sarah Ruhl, is still in the early developmental stages, with a reading being held last week in New York City.
The original film starred Andy Griffith as Larry 'Lonesome' Rhodes, a small-time radio show producer who goes on to achieve national fame for his work on television. Directed by Elia Kazan, A FACE IN THE CROWD co-starred Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau.
Jackman is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor. The Australian native was most recently on Broadway in his one-man show Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway in the fall of 2011. Jackman's dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments as a performer and humanitarian. He previously starred on Broadway in Keith Huff's play, A Steady Rain, oppositeDaniel Craig, and as 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, for which he received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards.
Additional theater: Carousel at Carnegie Hall, Oklahoma! at the National Theatre in London (Olivier nomination), Sunset Boulevard (MO Award, Australia's Tony Award) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (MO Award nomination). Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the X-Men series, a role he reprised in the enormously successfulX2 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 and in The Wolverine in 2013. Jackman reunited with the X-men team for X-Men: Days of Future Past.