The film follows the childhood dreams of Micheal 'Eddie' Edwards and his determination to become Great Britain's first Olympic Ski Jumper. Despite losing at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games, he won the heart of thousands with his determination to follow his dreams.
Eddie the Eagle was Britian’s favourite Olympian underdog.
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach Bronson Peary. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith). The supporting cast that includes Jo Hartley (‘This Is England’), Tim McInnerny (‘Blackadder’), Keith Allen (‘Robin Hood’), Christopher Walken (‘Catch Me If You Can’) and Jim Broadbent (‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’).
Eddie the Eagle is an feel-good, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit and passion. It is cheerful, funny (quite cheesy at points) and authentic story with a fantastic cast, it is the perfect film to take the family to over the Easter holidays.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Eddie after the screening for a Q&A where we learnt how his passion for skiing developed. Eddie learnt to ski at Gloucester ski centre when he was 13 before his first school ski trip to the Italian Dolomites.
'I started going to Gloucester ski slope every night after school, then every weekend and during all the ski holidays. I lived and I breathed skiing.... I’m just as excited putting on a pair of skis as I was when I first started skiing when i was 13, 39 years ago!’ - Eddie
Get inspired to chase your dreams and catch Eddie the Eagle in cinemas on April 1st 2016, with previews from Monday 28th March, 2016.