Last week, a report surfaced teasing some of the possible movie-related trailers that will air during Super Bowl 50 this Sunday on CBS. While none of these were confirmed by the respective studios, the report claimed that 20th Century Fox was planning "on-the-ground events" for movies such as Eddie the Eagle, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence, which hinted that we may in fact see new footage from these movies during the big game. Just three days before the Super Bowl, 20th Century Fox has officially released its trailer for Eddie the Eagle, which has a football twist.
While the 30-second spot does include footage from the movie, the video reveals that several past and present NFL stars were treated to an advanced screening of Eddie the Eagle, with three iconic quarterbacks offering their thoughts on this true story adaptation. Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees and future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner revealed how inspirational this story really is, and that anyone who is chasing a dream should watch this movie. Fans will get their chance to see this unconventional "eagle" soar when Eddie the Eagle hits theaters on February 26.
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle showcases the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
Despite finishing in last place in both of his events, Eddie the Eagle became an international celebrity following the games. 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.
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 Super Bowl trailer for Eddie the Eagle to get ready for its release later this month.