Now that Geoffrey Rush has officially signed on to play theater superfan Man in Chair in the new film adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone, another big name is thinking of joining the show within a show (uh, within a movie). Tony winner Hugh Jackman could be stepping on board to play vain Latin lover Aldolpho, the stage and screen star revealed in an interview with Yahoo! Movies.
“The [Drowsy Chaperone] script just hit my desk, with Geoffrey Rush attached,” Jackman said. Although he hasn’t yet confirmed whether he’s decided to take the role, he did add that “Geoffrey Rush is far too much fun.” You know what else would be so much fun, Hugh? You prancing around in puffy sleeves, seducing the screen with a sensuous rendition of “I Am Aldolpho.”
If Jackman doesn’t take this role, he might regret it—he revealed that turning down the chance to play Billy Flynn in the movie adaptation of Chicago was “a bad career choice.” Jackman said, “I thought I was too young to play the part. When I saw the film I thought, ‘Why didn’t I do makeup?’ I watched the movie with sweaty palms all the way.”
The Oscar-nominated Les Miserables star is also planning to channel P.T. Barnum in a long-in-the-works movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, featuring a new screenplay by Oscar winner Bill Condon. We miss Jackman on Broadway, but two new movie musicals are the next best thing!