Rebecca Ferguson joins Jackman's 'The Greatest Showman'

Los Angeles:  Actress Rebecca Ferguson has been paired with actor Hugh Jackman in the politician and showman P.T. Barnum's musical biopic "The Greatest Showman".

Ferguson will play the role of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind in the Michael Gracey directorial, reports

Ferguson and Jackman will be joined by Zac Efron and Michelle Williams on the film. 

"The Greatest Showman" has been in development since 2009.

Jackman will play the role of Barnum, who rose from humble roots and was able to hoax the public, as he created the three-ring "Barnum & Bailey Circus" that made him famous. 

Barnum gained fame as a 19th century impresario with tours of Tom Thumb and Lind; he began calling it the "Greatest Show on Earth" near the end of his career.