One of my favorite sports moments was when Eric Moussambani, from Equatorial Guinea, swam his first full 100m during the 2000 Olympics. It just killed me, but he certainly wasn't the first underdog to win people over despite last-place finishes. Back in the '80s, there was Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, sole British applicant for ski-jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics. He was bigger than his competitors (by approximately 20 lb), self-funded, afraid of heights and very short-sighted -- which meant that his glasses fogged so much while skiing that he couldn't see. Now, seven years after his life rights were bought by an American production company, his story is going to hit the big screen, but as a UK production.

Who could possibly play the world-wide hero? Steve Coogan, of course. In an example of spot-on casting, he has signed on to play Edwards -- and The Eagle himself says that it's a "brilliant" decision, and that he couldn't think of a "better comic actor" to do it. Coogan says: "Although he never brought home a medal, he succeeded on a very personal, human level. He may not have impressed the Olympic judges, but he won the hearts of people round the world." UK director Declan Lowney will helm the feature, and Sean Macaulay wrote the script, which is now being "polished" by Coogan and writing partner Henry Normal -- no doubt, to add some Coogan-classic laughs. Shooting will begin this January in the UK and Calgary, Alberta (home of the '88 Olympics). I think this is gonna be good...
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