Jackman, Egerton Join “Eddie the Eagle”

Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) are teaming up for the languishing biopic “Eddie the Eagle”.

The true story tale deals with Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the first British ski jumper in Olympic history. Though he came last in both of his ski jumping events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Eddie became a media sensation.

Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski jumping expert from Lake Placid who helps Eddie train. Egerton won the title role after a “magical screen test” with Jackman, and beat out the likes of George MacKay and Jamie Bell for the part.

Timothy Spall is being sought for the role of Eddie’s father. Dexter Fletcher (“Wild Bill”) is directing from a script by Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay.

Matthew Vaughn is attached to produce and filming aims to begin this spring.

Source: The Daily Mail