If you’re British and remember the 1980s you’ll know exactly who Eddie The Eagle is, and considering its the sort of underdog tale us Brits seems to love, it’s almost surprising it’s taken this long for someone to make a biopic about him.
Now it’s happening though and we have proof, as Hugh Jackman’s Twitter has shared an image of him and Taron Egerton taken on the first day of filming.
Hugh Jackman is set to play Chuck Berghorn, a Lake Placid ski jumping expert who helps a young, unlikely Brit called Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics in 1988. Nicknamed Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, he became Britain’s first ever Olympic ski jumper in Olympic history, becoming a media sensation even though everyone knew he had no chance of winning.
Part of his appeal is that he came across as a very nerdy, normal kind of guy, who had a dream and got far further with it than anyone ever imagined.
Dexter Fletcher is directing.