Yesterday, we got our first official look at the upcoming biopic Eddie the Eagle with six new photos featuring stars Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. Thankfully, we didn't have to wait long for the first footage to arrive, with JoBlo Movie Trailers debuting a new international trailer. Eddie the Eagle is set to take flight in theaters April 1, 2016, going up against Open Road Films' Collide, Paramount's Rings and Pure Flix's God's Not Dead 2.
This biopic centers on the infamous tale of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (Taron Egerton), who became the first British ski jumper in Olympic history at the 1988 games. Despite finishing in last place in both of his events, he became an international celebrity following the games despite his poor performance. His performance at the games also lead to what became known as the "Eddie the Eagle Rule," which was put in place by the International Olympic Committee after the Calgary games. The rule requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and be placed in either the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors.
After the "Eddie the Eagle Rule" was put in place, the ski jumper failed to qualify for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, along with the 1994 games in Lilehammer, Norway and the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He has since appeared on a number of TV shows in the U.K. and Europe, and earned a law degree in 2003. He even returned to Calgary in 2008 for a 20th Anniversary celebration of the 1988 Olympics, and became one of the official torch bearers for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
We reported earlier this year that Hugh Jackman is playing Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert who helped Edwards train for the games. But his trailer reveals his name has been changed to Bronson Peary. Taron Egerton explained in yesterday's report that this film follows 'the spirit' of the Olympic quest, which takes a few liberties with the true story. One of these liberties was taken with Hugh Jackman's character, since the real Eddie couldn't afford a coach.
Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith) is directing from a screenplay by Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay, with Matthew Vaughn attached to produce. Before he turned to filmmaking, Dexter Fletcher was an actor who starred in Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass. Take a look at the first trailer from Eddie the Eagle below, and stay tuned for more on this biopic.