The 43-year-old actor, who began his career on stage before landing Hollywood roles in movies such as the “X-Men” series, will star in the musical expected to debut in the 2013-14 season that will be written by Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin.
Jackman said in a statement:
I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life. I am thrilled to be collaborating with this collection of artists who are all at the top of their game.”
The musical, which producers said is a contemporary look at the life and death of the Hungarian-born American musician and stunt performer, will be composed by “Wicked” musician Stephen Schwartz and directed by Jack O’Brien.