If you’re British and can remember all the way back to the 80s, you’ll know who Eddie The Eagle is – a man who had a dream and made it real, even if he never had a chance of winning. Now his story has been made into a movie, with Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach Bronson Peary.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.’
Dexter Fletcher directs the film, with Matthew Vaughn producing. It’ll be in UK cinemas next April.