In the upcoming movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, Hugh Jackman stars as American hoaxster and showman P.T. Barnum, who toured the world with his circus sideshow and is credited with the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
A rare musical made for multiplexes, Showman co-stars Zac Efron in an unspecified role and is directed by Michael Gracey from a script IMDb credits to Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon.
And it might soon be shooting in Prague.
While production dates and locations have not yet been made public, a series of Prague photos from co-star Efron have been lighting up social media:
— #zacefron (@ZEupdates) September 8, 2016
Efron could simply be on vacation in the Czech capital, but reports from local media seem to confirm he’s in town to shoot the Barnum biopic.
Local tabloid Blesk claims Efron is here to shoot The Greatest Showman on Earth, and also spoke to a member of the film crew.
“Zac’s filming a new movie,” the unidentified source told Blesk.
“Immediately upon arrival, he went on a tour of Prague’s historical center. Almost nobody here recognized him.”
Local radio station Frekvence 1 also noted the star was in Prague to shoot the movie.
At least partial shooting in Prague might make sense: Barnum routinely toured Europe with his sideshow in the mid-1800s, and the well-preserved Czech capital routinely fills in for period-era European locales.
According to a casting notice on Backstage.com, producers are currently looking for three roles: General Tom Thumb, the “Tallest Man on Earth,” and the “Heaviest Man on Earth.”
The Greatest Showman on Earth co-stars Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya.
Director Gracey is also attached to direct a film adaptation of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which coincidentally happens to be set in Prague.
The film is currently slated for a release date on December 25, 2017.