Watch out for Taron Egerton. Kingsman: The Secret Service doesn’t even hit theaters until February 13th, but clearly some are already taking note of the newcomer because it’s being reported that he just scored the lead role in Dexter Fletcher’s new movie opposite Hugh Jackman. The film doesn’t have a title yet, but will feature Jackman as a ski expert who helps Egerton’s character train for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Hit the jump for more on the true story the movie is based on as well as some additional casting details.
According to The Wrap, Egerton beat “several hot up-and-coming actors” for the role of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards after nailing a screen-test with Jackman. After failing to qualify for the 1984 Games, Edwards moved to Lake Placid so that he could train and give himself a better shot the next time around, but he was too short on funds to pursue his dream of competing as a downhill skier. There were no other British athletes vying for a spot in the ski jumping category, so Edwards switched to that instead, and that’s where Jackman’s character comes in.
Jackman is playing Chuck Berghorn, the mentor who helped Edwards overcome a number of issues including his financial troubles to qualify for the 1988 Games. We’ve also got the Daily Mail reporting that the filmmakers are going after Timothy Spall for the role of Edwards’ father.
The interesting thing about this story is that even though Edwards made it to the Olympics, he came in last place in the 70m and 90m ski jumping events. Edwards was hailed a hero of sorts, but apparently the worse he performed, the more popular he became so don’t expect a traditional inspirational sports story from this one.