Billy Zane Will Make ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ The Greatest Show on Earth
No, that’s not hyperbole. Billy Zane will be joining DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in Season 3 with a famous, ring-leading role that simultaneously doubles as a Titanic reunion. History is neat!
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 will feature the Phantom and Zoolander star in a single episode, portraying historical figure P.T. Barnum, co-founder of the the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The appearance also reunites Zane with Titanic star Victor Garber, while executive producer Phil Klemmer offered of the role:
Obviously, we couldn’t resist putting Victor Garber and Billy Zane back on screen for the first time since the TITANIC.
But I’ve wanted to bring Billy onto LEGENDS every since I saw him in a friend’s comedy pilot. I’m not sure that people know how funny Billy is, although we cast him as P.T. Barnum because we knew that he would be able to find the soul beneath the larger-than-life showman. Truth is, Barnum never said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute.’ He was less a conman, more the father of modern advertising. A guy who made things ‘go viral’ before that was a thing. Sure, in one sense, he’s the villain of our story, but in another, he’s just a guy who wants to put on a good show. Anyone who works in TV can relate to that, right?! Anyway, Billy seemed like the perfect guy to get that duality.
The thing about history books is that they turn famous people into 2-D characters. This season on LEGENDS, we want to meet other famous figures from history, people like Barnum, people we think we know, so that we can find the aspects of them, the parts of their story, that the history books left out — we want to bring history to life by infusing it with heart, humor, and total absurdity (often at the same time).
Elsewhere of Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, Tala Ashe will take the series regular role of 2030 computer wiz Zari Adrianna Tomaz, likely an incarnation of DC’s Isis. Maisie Richardson-Sellers’ Vixen is also confirmed to return, despite her absence from the recent synopsis, while Season 3 is itself set to premiere on Tuesday, October 10 after Season 4 of The Flash.
Stay tune for the latest on Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 in the meantime.