If you believe that good things come to those who wait, then the Will Ferrell led movie Eurovision is going to be epic. Netflix never set an official release date, but fans had widely speculated that it would be out around Eurovision 2020. Speaking to Portuguese media, Salvador Sobral, who plays a street singer in the film, gave a different account, saying it would be out in June.
And now entertainment site ET Canada is reporting that the film has been postponed because of the coronavirus. It doesn’t elaborate on the specific reason why, but it seems to have gleaned the information during or after a recent interview with Rachel McAdams.
As you’ll be well-aware by now, Rachel plays Sigrit Ericksdottir — an Icelandic singer who, alongside Lars Erickssong (played by Ferrell), chases her dreams at Eurovision.
She told ET that the Netflix cast and crew faced some major challenges while filming in Iceland — and not just because of the pandemic.
“We shot in Iceland right where there is volcanic activity [happening] right now on top of everything else,” she said. “We were lucky on two fronts to get that finished.”
The Internet Movie Database still has the film listed with a 2020 release date — though it doesn’t specify when. Netflix has not previewed the film in any of its materials regarding May 2020 releases.
About the Netflix Eurovision movie
Details about the film remain under lock and key. Netflix has, however, teased the basic plot.
“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 worth having is a dream worth fighting for.”
Pierce Brosnan plays Lars’ father — and the most handsome man in Iceland — while Dan Stevens takes on the role of Russian singer Alexander Lemtov.
American superstar Demi Lovato will play the role of Katiana, “one of the best and most angelic singers in all of Iceland.”
Casting a Billboard chart-topper may go a long way to calming some Eurovision fans, who have worried the film will mock the 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.
It’s known that the cast filmed in London, Edinburgh and a fishing village in Iceland.
The film is directed by David Dobkin, who is known for hit movies including Clay Pigeons, Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, and The Judge.
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