He’s an acclaimed English actor who starred in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey. And now Dan Stevens is the latest confirmed actor joining Will Ferrell’s upcoming Netflix movie Eurovision.
Dan will star as Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant competing in the song contest. As you already know, he’ll play alongside Blades of Glory actor Will Ferrell and Mean Girls legend Rachel McAdams. They’ll play aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, along with Pierce Brosnan who stars as Erick Erickssong, “Lars’ father and the most handsome man in Iceland.”
The English actor is known for his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey. A pivotal character and subsequent heartthrob, he played the aristocratic character for a total of 25 episodes. More recently he made a turn in Beauty and the Beast and has buffeted his fame in the US as part of the cast of Legion. He received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2013.
Could this be a preview of the Russian entry for the movie?
A fan filmed this clip during the grand final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Ever since then fans have speculated that it could be the Russian entry for the Netflix production.
And while it’s possible that they used the venue to record live audience reactions for the film, it’s unclear if this song is real or just a decoy. Given the lack of musical quality on show, we’ll hope it’s the latter! Either way there’s definitely a lot to be excited about.
What’s the plot of the Netflix Eurovision movie?
Details of the film are being kept tightly under wraps. So far we know actor and producer Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Get Hard) will star alongside Dan Stevens and Rachael McAdams, who famously gave life to Regina George in Mean Girls.
The film is being directed by David Dobkin, which completes a rather fabulous reunion. He directed Will and Rach in the 2005 romantic comedy Wedding Crashers.
Fans of Hatari, Greta Salome and Silvia Night will be thrilled to hear that Iceland is given a starring role in the movie. Iceland Review reports that the film will see Will and Rachael play Icelanders — presumably hellbent on a song contest win. The paper speculates that the country may have been chosen because it’s never won in its 33 appearances. It’s not a bad theory: after all, Hollywood loves a good underdog story, right?
It’s well-known that Elf star Will is married to a Swede who introduced him to Eurovision, and that he was on-the-ground in Lisbon researching the event. Iceland Review reports that Rachel, who you’ll remember from The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife, was present in Tel Aviv.
RUV, the Iceland broadcaster, has revealed that many of the characters will have Icelandic names. But apparently they will be deliberately silly and OTT. Local actors in the movie include Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson.
An official press release has confirmed that the movie is currently in production in the UK and Iceland.
Húsavík — the rumoured location in Iceland — rests on the northern coast of Iceland and is a centre of whale watching. Among its top attractions is a wooden church, and also a civic museum that features a stuffed polar bear.
Are you excited to see Dan Stevens join the film? What other singing actors could you see co-starring in this? And what’s your best guess for the plot of the film? Let us know down below.