LONDON – Having just completed filming a portrait of one of the sexiest British sporting legends of the 1970s in Rush, Chris Hemsworth is taking on one of the sexiest British sporting legends of the 1980s in Eddie the Eagle.

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards was the first British sportsman to contend in the Olympic event of ski-jumping. Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards dominated the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, coming last in both the 70 and 90 metre jumps. ¬†Chris was delighted to talk to the Studio Exec exclusively about the project:

I very much see this as a sequel to Rush and in fact I did talk to Ron [Howard] about calling it Rush 2, but he just laughed and clapped his hands. Both James Hunt and Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards were dare devils in their own way. They both lived for the adrenalin. The only difference is that one was at the very top of his sport and the other was at the very bottom.¬†

Eddie the Eagle begins filming this Winter.