Netflix recently announced that it plans to make a comedy about Eurovision, and the film will star Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.
Update 8/21/19: The cast of Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie is filling out, with Demi Lovato joining the cast. Will Ferrell himself made the casting announcement on the official Netflix is a Joke social media accounts with a cute video celebrating Lovato’s birthday.
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) August 21, 2019
Deadline reports that Lovato will be playing one of the “best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland” named Katiana. Of course, she isn’t the only new cast member joining the Eurovision team. As Deadline reports, Dan Stevens (Legion, Beauty and the Beast) will also be joining in on the Eurovision fun. Stevens is set to play Russian Eurovision contestant Alexander Lemtov.
This cast is certainly shaping up to be an interesting bunch, and we’re getting more and more excited about seeing more from this movie.
Original Article: If you live outside of the United States, chances are, you’re pretty well-versed in the massive singing competition called Eurovision. But if you’re American, the competition might be a bit enigmatic to you. With their new comedy, Netflix is hoping to change that — well, sort of, anyway.
According to Deadline, the streamer is bringing us all a comedy, appropriately called Eurovision, that is set to star Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, and Pierce Brosnan.
The film is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), and centers around Ferrell and McAdams’ characters, struggling Icelandic musicians named Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir. Brosnan plays Erick Erickssong, the most handsome man in Iceland and Lars Erickssong’s father.
If it sounds like a fake movie, you aren’t alone. Some reactions to the film have been a bit confused about what to expect from the movie, so Netflix actually tweeted out that this movie is, in fact, a real thing.
Things you might have missed:
– There is going to be a film about Eurovision
– It stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as aspiring Icelandic musicians
– Pierce Brosnan will play Will's father, who also happens to be the most handsome man in Iceland 🇮🇸
– Yes this is real
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) August 8, 2019
Eurovision the movie is written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele and is currently in production in the UK and Iceland. There’s no word on a release date as of yet.
For those unfamiliar with the Eurovision competition, it started in 1956 in Switzerland. This year marked the 64th event, which was held in Tel Aviv, Israel. Winning the competition has launched the careers of several artists like ABBA (winners of the 1974 competition) and Celine Dion (winner in 1988).
It will be interesting to see how this movie turns out, especially given that Americans are very notably not a part of the real Eurovision. So we’ll have to see if a movie written by two American guys ends up being a funny look at a global event, or just a film full of jokes from guys who don’t totally understand what they’re poking fun at. However, with actors like Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan in the mix, it certainly has the potential to be something great.