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Will Ferrell To Star In Film About The Eurovision Song Contest

Will Ferrell To Star In Film About The Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision's a strange one, isn't it? Every year a bunch of countries offer up an artist that no one in that country had heard of before (or will likely ever hear of again - well, except ABBA and Celine Dion) and cheer them on while getting pissed at the same time.

Really it's been perfect fodder for a comedy movie for decades now, and finally there's going to be one. And the most exciting part? It's going to star everybody's favourite Christmas elf, Will Ferrell.

Yes, Deadline has reported that Will Ferrell is going to co-write and star in a film about the Eurovision Song Contest. Guess what it's called? Critical Acclaim Is For Suckers. No, not really. It's called Eurovision.

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Anyway, the Anchorman star will be teaming up with long-time collaborator Andrew Steele, who's also the creative director of film/TV production company Funny Or Die and a former head writer on Saturday Night Live.

The film will be made by Netflix, which just can't seem to stop adding awesome original content to its roster.

Credit: PA
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In fact, Eurovision is just one of a number of major films that Netflix have coming out in the not-too-distant future. One other is Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. It's going to be a very different kind of movie but also looks like it'll be awesome.

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This will be Ferrell's second film with Netflix. Back in May, Ibiza - a comedy starring Gillian Jacobs (from Netflix series Love) that Ferrell also produced - was released. A romantic comedy, it was directed by Alex Richanbach and was apparently based on a real life story.

At the time of writing, there's no release date or other casting information about Eurovision, but given that Netflix is raking in the big bucks, we're expecting a pretty stellar cast to be joining Ferrell in the movie about the singing contest.

SuRie performs at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Credit: PA
SuRie performs at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Credit: PA

The competition itself began in 1956 in Switzerland. Back then, just seven Western European nations participated, compared to last year's event, which saw 43 participating countries and was won by Israel's Netta, who sang the song 'Toy'.

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Sweden's ABBA won the contest in ABBA in 1974, while Celine Dion, representing Switzerland, topped it in 1988. The UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997 thanks to Katrina And The Waves, who sang 'Love Shine A Light'.

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Topics: TV and Film, Will Ferrell

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