He stunned audiences the world over as a smart-alec superspy in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with big budget projects in works like the new Robin Hood adaptation, as well as being linked to the coveted role of a young Han Solo, Taron Egerton is one rising star that audiences need to pay close attention to.
In true-life sports tale, Eddie the Eagle, Egerton brings to the screen the true life story of Olympic ski jumping underdog Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who showed extraordinary courage and dedication to a grand dream, and ended up competing at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
In a new featurette, Egerton receives considerable praise from his co-star Hugh Jackman, producer and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, and director Dexter Fletcher. “He’s a fabulous actor and I wanted the world to see that he could do something totally different. No one knows its Taron from Kingsman, seriously they cannot believe it’s the same guy”, said Vaughn.
On Egerton’s abilities, co-star Hugh Jackman said “I can’t think of anyone else really who could go one year from being this action hero, and then the next thing doing Eddie the Eagle. He really is supremely talented.”
Egerton has really shifted gears from his status as a suave superspy, and is instead, the bespeckled, slightly nerdy, and totally unathletic Edwards. Early reviews have praised his performance, and he really looks to be in his element as the ultimate underdog who never, ever gave up.
Audiences can currently witness Egerton’s incredible performance in the US and UK. The film will reach New Zealand and Australian cinemas on April 28.