Hugh Jackman reportedly cast in Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards biopic

He'll apparently play the skier's mentor opposite Taron Egerton as plucky underdog Edwards

Hugh Jackman has reportedly been cast in the forthcoming biopic of infamous British Olympian Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

Edwards became popular following the 1988 winter games in Calgary, in which he became the first ever Briton to compete in Olympic ski jumping – but finished last in both events he entered.

According to the Daily Mail, Jackman has been cast as Chuck Berghorn, an American ski expert who helped Edwards to train for the 1988 games. Plucky underdog Edwards will apparently be played by rising star Taron Egerton, who will soon be seen opposite Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Meanwhile, Mr Turner star Timothy Spall is said to be wanted for the role of Edwards’ father. Sunshine on Leith‘s Dexter Fletcher is set to direct the biopic with Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) on board as a producer. Fletcher and Vaughn are said to be planning to begin filming this spring.

Meanwhile, it was reported last month (December) that Take That’s Gary Barlow has been hired to score the forthcoming biopic.