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Irish Director Makes Leap of Faith in Casting For ‘Eagle’ Biopic

Irish director makes leap of faith in casting for ‘Eagle’ biopic

BAFTA-award-winning Irish director Declan Lowney looks set to hit the big time after securing Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to play the lead role in a $15m comedy biopic about British ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the unlikely hero of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Grint, who plays cheeky Ron Weasley in the Potter films, will take on the role of Edwards in the story of the Eagle’s disastrous Olympic adventure, in which he came last in both the 70m and 90m ski-jump categories.

“The film is really about triumph over adversity. Every single obstacle was put in this guy’s way and yet he still managed to make it to the Winter Olympics,” said Wexford-born Lowney.

Originally Steve Coogan was down to play the part but has now been replaced by Grint.

“I met Rupert for the first time last week and the deal is done. He’s got to film two new Harry Potter movies back to back before we start shooting with him next year.”

You can be sure Grint won’t look anything like the real Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards in the film.
That’s because the skier went under the knife last year for a TV show to have his trademark protruding jaw reduced in size and no longer wears his trademark goggle glasses.


Original article found at Tribune.IE | November 22nd, 2009

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