Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
The hysterical true life story of Britain's most famous ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards and his journey to Olympic fame. Inspired by a dream come true Win or lose, always aim high Landing in cinemas April 1
This marks the second time that Taron Egerton, Matthew Vaughn and Gary Barlow work together on a film, following Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
Before Taron Egerton's casting, Steve Coogan was linked to the role of Edwards.
Nils Vettori, son of the 1992 Olympic ski jumping champion Ernst Vettori (AUT), appeared as an extra in the movie. He played a ski jumper in the outrun of the hill.
Started filming on 9 March 2015.
In the official trailer, around 20 seconds in, two football shirts are hung up on a washing line: a maroon one with the number "five" and a green one with the number "one." This is a reference to the 2012 Scottish Cup final where Heart of Midlothian beat city rivals Hibernian 5-1.
On 6 June 2015, the real-life Eddie Edwards himself told BBC news that the movie will be 90% made up. Edwards said, "I've been warned only 10 to 15% of it is based on my life
Taron Egerton said he was in awe of co-star Hugh Jackman's physique. He said, "Hugh Jackman has got guns to die for. Have you seen his arms? They are bigger than my head!" In the film, Jackman plays Egerton's trainer.
Before Rupert Grint's casting, Steve Coogan was linked to the role of Edwards.
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