Hugh Jackman's Eddie The Eagle Trailer Is Heartwarming And Hilarious

If you watched the Winter Olympics in 1988 then the words "Eddie the Eagle" will probably make you smile, and then laugh out loud. The Olympics are about unlikely stories, but there may have been no more unlikely story in the history of the games than the first man to ever represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Now the story of this unlikely hero has been made into a film, and the trailer evokes all the same emotions that millions felt when they watched him jump.

Taron Egerton plays the title role, looking nearly unrecognizable if the last time you saw him was in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Eddie Edwards was far from what you’d call a sex symbol and Egerton has transformed himself for the part of one of the world's most unathletic athletes. Hugh Jackman plays the man who agrees to train the young man who has a dream of competing in the Olympics. Edwards chooses ski jumping because he doesn’t have to make a team, or really compete with anybody else in the UK. Still, there is some fear from many that Eddie will be an embarrassment to the sport. This is where the primary conflict in the film will be located. Although there does appear to be an issue with Edwards competing against his own health and wellbeing as well.

The film reunites Egerton with his Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn although Vaughn is only acting as a producer here. The film is actually being directed by Dexter Fletcher. An accomplished actor, this will only be the third film that Fletcher has directed, and it will be the first to see a theatrical release in the United States.

While the trailer basically runs you through the entire story from start to finish, the plot is not the focus here. While 1988 was long enough ago that many moviegoers were born years after the events of the film, the movie is obviously looking to attract an audience with the emotional resonance of the story. Much like Eddie "The Eagle’s" own drive to compete. It’s not about the result, it’s about being there. Sports is a popular focus for movies for exactly this reason. The cinderella story that can be created is something that appeals to a wide variety of movie fans. This story is no different. The fact that it really happens just helps make it all hit home that much more.

What do you think of Eddie the Eagle? It’s got a strong cast with Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman , and Christopher Walken among others. It could make for a great, emotional night at the movies. The film will hit theaters on February 26, 2016.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.