With Eurovision Song Contest 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus, Will Ferrell's Netflix comedy releases on 26 June

The Eurovision Song Contest was due to take place in Rotterdam in May after the Netherlands won the 2019 contest, but was cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic spread.

FP Staff June 25, 2020 12:32:13 IST
With Eurovision Song Contest 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus, Will Ferrell's Netflix comedy releases on 26 June

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, actors Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams hope fans can get their fix by watching their madcap Netflix comedy about a duo from Iceland who compete in the event.

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Sagaout on 26 June, is a “zany, unexpected, musical extravaganza,” McAdams told Reuters.

She and Ferrell play Sigrit Ericksdottir and Lars Erickssong, blonde Scandinavian soulmates who bumble their way into being Iceland’s contest entrants, and find unlikely ways to keep advancing.

With Eurovision Song Contest 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus Will Ferrells Netflix comedy releases on 26 June

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams in Eurovision Song Contest: A Story of Fire Saga

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s biggest annual television events, featuring colourful and often tongue-in-cheek and over-the-top performances. It was due to take place in Rotterdam in May after the Netherlands won the 2019 contest, but was canceled as the pandemic spread.

Pierce Brosnan said he only needed a quick look at the script to sign on for the role of Ferrell’s father and harshest critic, Erick Erickssong.

Here is the film's trailer

“I read it one morning and said yes to it by lunchtime,” Brosnan said, adding he “grew up with Eurovision living in London” and watched ABBA win in 1974.

Ferrell said Eurovision officials “totally got” his idea of a movie lampooning the contest.

“I said, ‘You know, we’re going to have some fun with it.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, you should.’”

Ferrell said real past Eurovision performances were a key inspiration and gave them the idea, for instance, for a scene in which Ferrell sings while running on a giant hamster wheel.

“Andrew (Steele), our writer said, let’s just do the hamster wheel.” They got an “amazing team of British prop guys constructing this massive hamster wheel out of steel that would later be lowered, you know, 100 feet out of the air that I’m running on.”

Ferrell said he hopes the Netflix movie can “show our love and gratitude for this kind of amazing, amazing contest that... 46 countries compete in every year. And it means so much to the community.”

(With inputs from Reuters)

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