The first images of Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton from “Eddie The Eagle” have come online via USA Today.
In the comedic biopic, Egerton plays famed Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Jackman plays Edwards’ coach Chuck Berghorn and Christopher Walken co-stars as Berghorn’s own mentor.
Dexter Fletcher is directing from a script by Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay.
“Eddie The Eagle” opens on February 26, 2016.
Eddie (Taron Egerton, left) and his coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) celebrate Eddie’s achievement. “It’s a great story and we’ve done a version of it,” says Egerton. “People will walk out of it on a high.”
Taron Egerton (right, with Hugh Jackman) says he learned to ski to play Eddie the Eagle, but the jumps were too dangerous to take on for insurance reasons.
Hugh Jackman (left, with Taron Egerton) says the film is an inspirational buddy movie. “It’s really a story of two losers coming together to find redemption.”
Bronson (Hugh Jackman, left) and Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton) hope for the best while expecting the worst in advance of Eddie’s next practice jump in ‘Eddie the Eagle.’
Bronson (Hugh Jackman, left) puts things in perspective for his aspiring ski jumper Eddie (Taron Egerton). “The guys who actually do these jumps are fearless,” says Egerton.