20th Century Fox has picked up the Hugh Jackman-Taron Egerton skiing movie “Eddie the Eagle” and announced it will release the film on April 29, 2016. The inspirational sports movie has that weekend to itself for the moment.
Egerton’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” director Matthew Vaughn is producing the movie, which is being directed by Dexter Fletcher.
The studio has also announced it will release the Zach Galifianakis-Jon Hamm comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” on April Fool’s Day, aka April 1, 2016. The only other film slated to open that day is Will Gluck’s Screen Gems comedy “Catfight.”
“Eddie the Eagle” details the inspiring exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as “Eddie the Eagle,” the most famous ski jumper in British history. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport, celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges.
Egerton plays Eddie the Eagle, while Jackman plays a ski jumping expert from Lake Placid who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics.
Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot co-star in the film, which follows a suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.