Fox Sets Dates for 'Eddie the Eagle' and Jon Hamm-Zach Galifianakis Comedy
Both films will get a wide release in spring 2016.
Eddie the Eagle, the improbable true-life story about the infamous British ski jumper, has found a home at Fox, which will distribute the film as a wide release on April 29, 2016.
The studio also has set a second feature for release next April — the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, starring Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, which will bow April 1, 2016.
Eddie is the first feature to stake out the April 29 date, while Joneses will be going up against the Screen Gems comedy Catfight on April 1.
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Eddie the Eagle, now shooting, stars Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards, who became the first skier to represent Great Britain in ski jumping when he entered the 1988 Winter Olympics. Although he finished last in his two events, he was cheered on as a plucky underdog. Hugh Jackman is playing his coach.
The biopic continues Fox's relationship with filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who is producing Eddie the Eagle alongside Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick and Valerie Van Galder. Production on the film began only a few weeks after Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service hit theaters on its way to becoming a sleeper hit, earning north of $277 million to date.
Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher is helming Eddie from a screenplay by Sean Macaulay.
Keeping Up With the Joneses, which also stars Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, centers on a suburban couple, who become involved in international espionage when they discover their seemingly perfect neighbors are government spies. Greg Mottola, whose credits include 2007’s Superbad and 2011’s Paul, is directing, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing.