Yahya Abdul-Mateen II casted in The Greatest Showman On Earth

We talked about The Greatest Showman On Earth previously on the blog. We also speculated on what role Zendaya could be playing.

The cast now includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who will be playing a character named WD Wheeler. According to Deadline Wheeler is a hand-to-hand acrobat partner who is a smart, no-nonsense guy. A google search brings up nothing for that name. However, there was a Black acrobat at the Barnum and Bailey circus. 

His name was John Doogs, Nicodemus the indescribable! John Doogs a talented and powerfully built acrobat gained fame in the late 1800s, performing with Barnum and Bailey and the Worth’s Museum.

Perhaps, they are creating a composite or derivative character. However they go about it, I am excited to see what is to come with this film. 


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