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Hugh Jackman and up-and-coming Welsh actor Taron Egerton will attend Tuesday’s “secret” screening of their film Eddie the Eagle at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Dexter Fletcher also will attend.
Every year, the fest hosts a secret screening. Last year, it was Jupiter Ascending.
Based on true events, the feel-good movie stars Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the underdog British athlete 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. Jackman plays his coach.
The biopic continues Fox’s relationship with Kingsman: The Secret Service filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who produced Eddie the Eagle alongside Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick and Valerie Van Galder. Production on the film began only a few weeks after Kingsman opened in theaters on its way to becoming a sleeper hit, earning north of $277 million to date.
Fletcher directed Eddie the Eagle from a screenplay by Sean Macaulay. Christopher Walken co-stars.
Fox will release the pic Feb. 26 in North America. A stop at Sundance will mean additional publicity for the film. Park City is also a fitting venue, considering Utah is a mecca for snow sports.
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