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Hugh Jackman Joins Olympic Biopic From ‘X-Men: First Class’ Director

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Hugh Jackman Joins Olympic Biopic From ‘X-Men: First Class’ Director

Hugh Jackman will co-star in an untitled film about Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, TheWrap reports. Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, the down-and-out skiing expert who instructed and mentored Edwards leading up to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Joining Jackman will be Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton, a relative newcomer who reportedly won the role over several other young actors after a solid screen test with the Wolverine star. Egerton will play Edwards, who became the first person to ever represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.

Matthew Vaughn, who directed Egerton in Kingsman and briefly worked with Jackman on X-Men: First Class, is attached to produce. Dexter Fletcher will direct the untitled biopic.

TheWrap notes that Jackman has two more filming schedules to get through before helping Egerton strap on a pair of skis. He has X-Men: Apocalypse, where he’s rumored to return as Wolverine, and he’s playing P.T. Barnum in Fox’s The Greatest Showman on Earth.

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