Hugh Jackman Gives First Look at Taron Egerton as 'Eddie the Eagle'

March 9, 2015

Eddie the Eagle

Back in January, before Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Taron Egerton, we got word that the young actor was already slated to team up with Hugh Jackman for a new project. The film is called Eddie the Eagle, and it's a biopic about about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a real-life 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. Now Jackman has just posted a picture of himself with Egerton from the set of the production straight from some ski slopes made to look like they're straight from the Olympic games.

Here's our first look at Dexter Fletcher's Eddie the Eagle from Hugh Jackman's Instagram:

Day #1 on the set of #EddieTheEagle, with my mate Taron Egerton.

A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on

Eddie the Eagle is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and written by first-time scribes Simon Kelton and Sean Macaulay. The biopic tells the story of Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Trained by ski expert Chuck Berghorn (Hugh Jackman), he was a particular dark horse to achieve this placement, since he had no funding and his farsightedness forced him to wear glasses under his goggles, making him virtually blind. In competing, his placement of dead last made him a heroic failure. The film is currently in production, but doesn't have an official release date yet. Stay tuned for more information. Interested?

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments



Carpola on Mar 9, 2015


Awesome colors. 80s. What a decade!~

DAVIDPD on Mar 10, 2015


Very cool runnings.. I'll give it a watch

rickvanr on Mar 10, 2015


Yep, another underdog from the '88 games. One reason I still watch the Olympics from time to time is for stories like this.

theslayer5150 on Mar 10, 2015

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