Netflix’s upcoming “Eurovision” comedy started filling out the support characters this week. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are starring in the upcoming movie as aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, and today we learned that Pierce Brosnan is joining in on the fun.
According to Netflix’s announcement, Brosnan will star as Erick Erickssong, Lars’ father, and the most handsome man in Iceland. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Judge) is directing the movie for Netflix, working from a script written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele. The upcoming comedy is already in production in the UK and Iceland.
Netflix’s official logline for the movie reads, “When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.”
The 64th edition of the Eurovision competition had its finale in Tel Aviv, Israel in May earlier this year. This year’s winner was The Netherlands with the song “Arcade”, performed by Duncan Laurence. The first contest was held in Switzerland in 1956 with seven West European nations participating, and this year, 41 countries competed for the prize. Over the years, the show has become a global phenomenon with fans all over the world.
Former contestants ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at “The Eurovision Song Contest.”
As for the movie, Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Chris Henchy are producing the movie through Gary Sanchez Productions, with Adam McKay serving as executive producers. Netflix stopped short of announcing a premiere date at this time, but more information is expected to be released over the next few weeks.
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