Coogan Leads Eagle Biopic

John Heyman’s long-planned biopic of hapless British ski jumper “Eddie the Eagle” is ready to go into production reports Variety.

Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards became a media sensation when he entered the 1988 Winter Olympics as the first representative from Great Britain in the Olympic category and came in last in both ski jump events.

Steve Coogan is in the lead and Declan Lowney is directing. Sean Macaulay penned the script from an original draft by Simon Kelton. Shooting is slated to begin in January.