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Netflix’s Eurovision film to shoot in Edinburgh

The film starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams will start shooting in the Scottish capital

Apparently set during the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, held at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, the Netflix film starring Will Ferrell has started shooting today in Scotland’s capital!

Filming in Edinburgh

We reported earlier this year details about Netflix’s comedy about two Icelandic singers given a chance to represent their country at Eurovision. The film has now moved to British soil, with filming happening this week in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Live reports that the filming in the city first took place today at Queens Drive and Duke’s Walk, near the Scottish Parliament. The areas were closed as the shoot took place.

Edinburgh Travel News today posted further details for the shoot across the coming days in the capital.

Filming for the ‘Eurovision movie’ follows that of Fast & Furious 9, which had been shooting in Edinburgh before finishing last week. A number of Edinburgh roads will again be affected by the Eurovision filming but this is expected to be on a smaller scale, given the smaller film crew.

Filming across Edinburgh will include some of the city’s major sights, including the Royal Mile, South Bridge, the Mound and Grassmarket. Filming will also take place at Newhaven Lighthouse.

The producers have been eager to stress that disruption will be kept to a minimum during the shoot – explaining that the crew is experienced in filming in cities during anti-social hours. They say they will only use “silent-running generators” and any lighting will be directed away from windows, with the police present throughout.

A drone will be used to capture aerial shots on the night of October 7th. Producers have explained that it will be airborne for only a few minutes each ride, and the noise will be “quieter than that of a bus driving past.”

What we know so far

The film is produced by Netflix.

The film stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as a pair of Icelandic singers “given the opportunity of a lifetime to appear at the world’s biggest song competition.”

Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus), the Netflix film will reportedly be a comedic take on the song contest.

Further plot details remain scarce, but it is reported to take place in 1972. Luxembourg won the contest that year with Apres Toi by Vicky Leandros, which took place at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

The cast also includes Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato and Dan Stevens. Slated for an as-of-yet confirmed release date in 2020, the film continues to be of intrigue to fans of Eurovision.

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Alexi Demetriadi

My name is Alexi and I'm a UCL graduate studying for a MSc at the University of Edinburgh! A fanatic of the Eurovision Song Contest, I did my undergraduate thesis on the show. A freelance journalist, my writing tends to focus on human rights and current affairs, and now, Eurovision!

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