Hugh Jackman & Young 'Kingsman' Star Team for Olympic Skier Tale
While we're waiting to see what Hugh Jackman does as the pirate villain of Neverland in this summer's release of Joe Wright's Pan, it looks like he'll take a break from fantasy and comic book blockbusters for an Olympic skiing drama. Baz Bamigboye, the master scooper of James Bond news, has word that Jackman will star in an untitled film about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, and achieved sports glory despite coming in dead last in his two events. Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert from Lake Placid who helped Edwards train for the games.
In addition, young Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton is taking the role of the Oympian himself. Egerton beat out actors like George MacKay, Jamie Bell and Daniel Kaluuya for the role after he partook in what was reportedly described as a "magical" screen test with Jackman in New York, where the X-Men franchise star is currently performing in in the Broadway production of The River. It probably didn't hurt that Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn is producing the film as well. As for directing duties, those fall to Sunshine on Leith director Dexter Fletcher. Stay tuned for more to see how this project develops.