Yesterday Dan Stevens was officially announced as a lead for the Netflix movie Eurovision. And now American superstar Demi Lovato has revealed that she’s the latest A-lister to join the cast.

As Deadline Hollywood reports, she will play the role of Katiana, “one of the best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland.”

Demi revealed the news on August 20 — her birthday — with a video on her Instagram account. It starts with writer, producer and co-star Will Ferrell staring at the camera.

“We want to make a very special announcement about a brand-new cast member, and it just happens to be her birthday today,” Ferrell said. “I made her this wonderful cake from scratch. So happy birthday! Yay!”

We then see the diva herself holding the birthday cake next to a movie director’s slate that reads “Eurovision”.

The American singer and actress is no stranger to the film business. She achieved global success for her role as Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock. And as you know this woman can sing. She’s so far released five studio albums. Her song “Sorry Not Sorry” has accumulated more than 600 million streams on Spotify. Lovato also appeared on Time magazine’s 2017 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Casting a Billboard chart-topper may go a long way to calming some Eurovision fans, who have worried the film will “ruin” their beloved contest. Demi, whose vocal power cannot be questioned, lends musical credibility to this fictional adaptation and suggests the seriousness of purpose that the filmmakers have.

The announcement comes shortly after Dan Stevens was revealed as Russian contestant Alexander Lemtov.

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 Demi, Dan, Pierce Brosnan 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.

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. They’re among their country’s biggest stars.

An official press release has confirmed that the movie is currently in production in the UK and Iceland.

Are you excited to see Demi Lovato 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.

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Charli Cheer Up

So a half Latina is playing a Scandinavian/Icelandic singer?..LOL talk about Yank-washing! Yet there’s so many European actors from Denmark and Iceland trying to break into Hollywood but they decide to cast Demi. Love her music though but this has Razzies written all over it!

Ursula
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Ursula

I don’t have high hopes, but we can enjoy this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAr8A_gQfR4
The dog is really his dog.

Una
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Una

I love the idea of this movie! Yaaass!!!!! And I think Iceland are in it. I mean, to win Eurovision soon. Maybe as early as 2021.

Wouter
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Wouter

Not sure if it’s true or not but I read that they’ll be some Australian characters in it also and the movie will be making fun of the fact that Australia competes in the contest

Volare
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Volare

Is she off Xanax? Looks like a no.

Geo
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Geo

This joke movie will be a flop. It’ll be heavily nominated at the Razzies, just wait and see 😉

eurofangr
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eurofangr

I just realized that this eurovision movie is gonna be something quite big and I havent researched much on this (i dont even find enough infos) but can someone tell me why they chose Iceland? There are far worse countries they could choose *cough* UK *cough*

eurofangr
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eurofangr

nevermind I just saw its made by the icelandic public broadcaster lmao

Denis
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Denis

People complaining about not having anything Icelandic is missing the point. It’s not meant to have anything Icelandic, it’s not an authentic dokumentary. It’s a comedy movie made for a mostly American audience. It’s meant to be about sterotypes.
It can go both ways, Will Ferrell is hit or miss these days!

West
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West

I’ll wait until I see at least a trailer. Then I’ll decide if this film would be worth wathing.

Heida
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Heida

This may seem lame to you but you know you don’t HAVE to watch the movie right? I think the idea is more to introduce people to the contest (like Americans) rather than for Eurovision superfans. To have such big names draws a lot more people in than some European actors /singers that nobody in the US knows ’cause they think they are the whole world ? Why just American actors? Pierce Brosnan is Irish and there are a lot of Icelandic actors too. Anyway, I’m very excited and even more now seeing as I am Demi’s #1 fan in… Read more »

Heida
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Heida

Forgot that Dan Stevens is British and Rachel McAdams is Canadian!

Loin dici
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This can go two roads: funny or cringy. Expecting more of the latter one.

Volare
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Volare

Demi went straight from the rehab onto the euro track.

Marty
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Marty

So European directors / screenwriters had nearly 60 years to make a Eurovision movie and guess what: they didn’t. So well done to the Americans actually making this happen.

acp
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acp

Why would they make a movie if the contest actually takes place in Europe? I don’t see any movie about the MTV awards or the Oscars from the Americans

Robyn Gallagher
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The trouble isn’t that Eurovision-inspired films/TV shows haven’t been made. The problem is that most of them aren’t very good. There was the 2016 French film “Souvenir” about a former ESC star trying to make a comeback – it had bad reviews. There’s also a Swedish film from the 2000s about a woman who enters Melodifestivalen – it’s nice, but a little cheesy. There’s also iconic and much loved “My Lovely Horse” episode of Father Ted. Most notoriously, there is the 1980 sci-fi musical film The Apple, which includes the “Worldvision Song Contest”. It is considered one of the worst… Read more »

Luke Hanson
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Luke Hanson

And an Israeli movie called ‘Cupcake’
Done a few years back.

Erik Larsson
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Erik Larsson

Livet är en schlager is regarded as a classic in sweden. It also contrubuted to the knowledge regarding hiv/aids in the 2000s for the swedish general public. To dismiss it as ”cheesy” is a bit of an overstatement.

Robyn Gallagher
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Thank you for this important context! 🙂

Denis
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Denis

Well there is a Swedish movie written by Jonas Gardell about a woman entering Melodifestivalen. Livet är en schlager it’s called and was released in 2000. Carola and Regina Lund have cameos in it.
Its not that great but it became extremley popular and beloved and in 2016 Fredrik Kempe turned it into a stage musical. I saw it and it was far superior the movie.

Kosey
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Kosey

I like how this is developing – I think it could be really funny!

Sorrynotsorry
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Sorrynotsorry

Still don’t understand why do we need a comesy movie about Eurovision. No one asked for this.

Henei
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Henei

As an American, I can assure you this movie will be making fun of Eurovision

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Quite a possibility. But then again, hit or miss, it might turn out to be better than Björkman’s ego-driven Americavision Contest.

yodenman
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yodenman

Not sure if I have missed something but why are most people assuming that she will be cast as an icelandic singer. She looks more Eastern European. I do agree with the people saying that Yohanna would be a great choice as she is beautiful and incredibly talented.

yodenman
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yodenman

Sorry ignore the comment just me not reading the post fully.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

The casting sounds promising but I don’t know how the us audience will react to a film about a European song competition

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

There’s a reason why EBU licensed Netflix to stream the three Eurovision 2019 shows–so Americans can get a chance to watch the real thing so they’ll know what they’re getting into before the movie drops. It’s no coincidence.

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

She should only have a short cameo appearance.

Joseph Shaulov
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Joseph Shaulov

I knew there would be some “this is not a good idea” comments I just knew it ????

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Do you want a prize for that?

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

OMG Demi Lovato herself?! <3 <3 This is really awesome!

Samw
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Samw

Um is this a joke? Because if they were serious about casting the most angelic Icelandic singer they would of cast Svala. or if she was not available then Hera Bjork. Demi Lovato is not icelandic

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Yohanna, Regina Osk… the list goes on forever and extends far beyond the women who already went to Eurovision.
Personally, I’d choose Gudrun Arny, she has one of the best voices in Iceland for real. She’s angelic and Icelandic for real.

Robyn Gallagher
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Well, it is a comedy film so technically, yes, it is a joke. Do not expect a documentary on the Icelandic music scene! 😀

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The issue for me is the complete lack of authenticity. After all, it’s not a movie of some singing competition loosely based on Eurovision, the movie is literally called “Eurovision”. I don’t expect, nor do I want a documentary. If you’re going to use certain countries, at least be authentic and make it believable. Good jokes are believable.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

My response vanished :O

Robyn Gallagher
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It’s still there! 😀

Joseph Shaulov
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Joseph Shaulov

Angelic singers don’t just come from Iceland

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

You misspelled Yohanna

Mae
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Mae

I still don’t really know what to think about all this. I like the fact that there is going to be a movie about Eurovision, but I don’t feel like this will be a good one though… I just feel it’s too less Eurovision untill now… and I don’t think this will change…

DuncanLee
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DuncanLee

Are Netflix insane?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Just awful. “One of the best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland”. Yeah, erm, Iceland is full of angelic singers that ACTUALLY ARE ICELANDIC SINGERS. Cringe. I’m fully supporting the hashtag “netflixisajoke”. I guess it is consequent that they are bringing nothing remotely realistic or real at all.

dygh
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dygh

You clearly have a problem with something but I’m not sure with what. Demi Lovato is internationally very popular and casting her is good for publicity. I wonder how many americans would watch it if only relatively unknown Icelandic singers were in it. It’s not a documentary. Eurovision needs some publicity, if not, I don’t see it existing for another 10 years.

FYROM
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FYROM

Why Iceland though????

Polegend Godgarina
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katiana sounds nothing like an icelandic name but i’m here for the pentasexual and pentaracial queen, demetria devonne penelope keyshia lovato. i hope they release a soundtrack along with it

it's all about food
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it's all about food

I’m here for Penta Foods.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

Katiana could be a Russian character or someone in the eastern, south-eastern region of Europe.

srulik
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srulik

If I was RUV’s director I’d ask Demi to represent Iceland in the netherlands next year…maybe they’ll finally win this.

Skiwalko
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Well, Iceland has way enough talented singers in their country and doesn’t need to ‘borrow” singers like micronations of San Marino or Monaco in the past. And seeing that they came 2nd twice already, their sooner or later victory seems inevitable.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Yes, let’s all buy Americans to win for us. We’ll finally have the contest we all want. Uniformity for everyone, yay.

CarlosM
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CarlosM

Can’t wait to see this!

And, the anti-American comments will be in 3, 2, 1,…

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Not anti-American. Anti-stupidity.