Details of Will Ferrell’s upcoming movie Eurovision remain firmly under wraps. But Netflix has previously confirmed that the movie will tell the story of two singers who are “given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition.” That country, of course, is Iceland. And it seems that Netflix is doing more than using the country as a filming location and synopsis point. According to Icelandic news portal Visir, Netflix will sponsor Söngvakeppnin 2020 — Iceland’s very real national selection show for Rotterdam.
Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper says the sponsorship deal is 10 million ISK, which is around 72,000 euros. That could go a long way in helping pump up the visuals we’ll see unfold during the semi-finals on February 8 and 15, and the grand final on February 29.
Apparently Netflix wants to cement its already strong position in the Nordic nation, where nine out of every ten people already have access to the streaming service.
Visir was unable to confirm whether the sponsorship agreement stems directly from Netflix’s recent filming in Húsavík, a town on the northern coast known for its wooden church.
What’s the release date for the Netflix Eurovision movie
Netflix hasn’t confirmed the official release date for its Eurovision film. However, it’s definitely still on the cards. According to the Internet Movie Database the film is now in post production, the period when editing occurs after the movie has been shot. The official Netflix Twitter account also recently tweeted out the movie title and a short synopsis as part of a thread detailing its 2020 lineup.
EUROVISION: When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) 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 is a dream worth fighting for.
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) January 3, 2020
It’s known that director David Dobkin also filmed in London and Edinburgh. Edinburgh residents walking past the film set shared several snaps on social media. This photo shows that the slogan of the mock contest in the film will be “Perfect Harmony” — a delightfully generic and inoffensive slogan that aligns nicely with recent slogans like “Dare to Dream”, “Come Together” and “Celebrate Diversity”.
Dan will star as Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant. 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’s buffeted his fame in the US as part of the cast of Legion.
— Tracy Griffen (@tracygriffen) October 1, 2019
Are you excited to see the Netflix movie? What do you think the plot is? And how do you want Iceland to use the sponsorship for its national final? Let us know in the comments down below!