Hugh Jackman and Baz Luhrmann want to reunite for musical, so do it, Hollywood


Hugh Jackman is one of great musical actors of our time, as evidenced by his multiple Tony Awards and Oscar nomination for his musical performance in Wretched. He also worked with Baz Luhrmann, the writer / director who relaunched cinematic musical with his 2001 film Red Mill! What I’ve always found ironic and humorous, however, is that Jackman’s role in Luhrmann’s film Australia is about as non-musical as it gets. The good news is that both icons are desperate for a remake.

I recently spoke with Baz Luhrmann to celebrate the two The Red Mill 20th anniversary and Moulin Rouge: musicals Tony’s record number of wins. He and Hugh Jackman are good friends and both Australians, which is why they are working together on Australia, and when I asked if they were ever discussing working together again on a musical note, Luhrmann replied without wasting time:

All the time, all the time. He’s one of my favorites. Both, in fact. I am very close to Nicole (Kidman). She lives in New York. We’ve always talked about doing musical work. There was a point where I might go with him on a show, one of his shows, and I would love that. And you know, I did the Oscars with him. We did a musical number with Beyoncé, for the Oscars celebrating the musical. So we did that together, but yeah, all the time.

No Baz Luhrmann fan could ask for a better answer. They discuss it “all the time!” All we can do now is hope that someday this will happen. As for the Oscars performance, what a delicious little anecdote. I felt like the two had never worked together in a musical capacity, but the 21st Academy Awards in 2009, hosted by Jackman, featured a huge musical medley that was a tribute to the return of cinematic musicals. It also starred Beyoncé, Amanda Seyfried of Wretched, Zac Efron from The greatest showman, and, you guessed it, a track of Red Mill! It’s not too surprising that Luhrmann was involved to some extent.

As for Australia, Hugh Jackman was not the only character to play a non-musical role. It was quite a departure for Luhrmann, not only because of the lack of song and dance, but because of the grim subject, tackling the abuse of Indigenous children in Australia before WWII. While it hasn’t exactly crushed the US box office, it is still the highest-grossing Luhrmann film in Europe, and apparently there’s more to come. He said this:

The problem was, it was compressed. So I did a six-chapter piece on it for Hulu, which I’m really expanding into. But there are no musical numbers from Hugh Jackman… and there is a big surprise ahead, which I will not go into.

There is no word as to what this mysterious Australia the surprise is, but the project is nonetheless fascinating. Meanwhile, the two have more musical offerings in store, as Hugh Jackman is featured in an upcoming production of The man of music, and Baz Luhrmann writes and directs a next Elvis biopic. We will certainly keep you posted on the progress of these projects.

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