Hot on the heels of the international trailer debut, 20th Century Fox has released the U.S. trailer for the sure-to-be-crowdpleasing Eddie the Eagle. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of unlikely British ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), who enlists the help of a rebellious has-been coach (Hugh Jackman) to try and make the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics despite his complete lack of talent. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve been so damn delighted by a trailer for a film I knew so little about, but boy has Eddie the Eagle shot up towards the top of my Most Anticipated list for 2016. The tone is playful, funny, and sincere, and Jackman and Egerton appear to make a fantastic dynamic duo.
The picture is directed by Dexter Fletcher, with Matthew Vaughn serving as a producer. Indeed, Egerton broke out in a big way this year in Vaughn’s delightful (in a very different way) Kingsman: The Secret Service, and judging by this trailer, that was no fluke—Egerton’s the real deal.
Check out the new trailer below, via Fox. This U.S. cut is actually quite different from the international version of the trailer, as it plays up the “inspirational sports story” angle a bit more and has a different placement for the stellar “Sledgehammer” needle drop. Eddie the Eagle also stars Christopher Walken and opens in theaters on February 26, 2016.
Here’s the official synopsis for Eddie the Eagle:
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.