Recently, it was announced that the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga would be released on June 26th. The release date was originally supposed to coincide with the final of Eurovision 2020. However, the postponement came due to the cancelation of the contest due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The plot thickens
Initially set in Húsavík, Lars (played by Will Ferrell) forms a musical duo ‘Fire Saga’ with Sigrit (Rachel McAdams), who go on to win Söngvakeppnin and go forward to represent Iceland at Eurovision. Lars’ fisherman father Erick is played by Pierce Brosnan.
Once they get to the contest, they meet Russian entrant Alexander Lemtov (played by Dan Stevens), the favourite to win. The film is also due to feature Demi Lovato as Katiana, alongside Graham Norton’s role/cameo. Another teaser image from the film can be seen below:
And according to the fan screenshot below, the film’s running time is 2 hours 2 minutes:
The origin story
In an interview in Total Film’s June edition, Will Ferrell delved deeper into the 20-year origin story of the film. He first discovered the contest when visiting his wife’s Swedish family back in 1999:
My wife has family in Sweden. Our first trip there would have been the spring of ’99, and we were out in the countryside at their little summer cabin, and her cousin said ‘So, shall we sit down and watch Eurovision?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I guess. What’s that?’Will Ferell explaining how he discovered Eurovision
I watched mesmerised for the entire three hours. Ironically, that year a Swede won: Charlotte Nilsson. I was just blown away by the spectacle, the camp. Everything you guys [in the UK] are used to, we didn’t have anything like that, in America. I literally went, ‘That would make a great movie.’Will Ferell speaking to Total Movie
Netflix and Eurovision
In anticipation of the release of the film, Netflix acquired the rights to broadcast the 2019 edition of the contest last July. They also acquired the rights to the 2020 contest, but for obvious reasons, we won’t be expecting that to turn up on the platform any time soon. It was reported that Netflix were sponsoring Iceland’s participation for the 2020 contest. Currently, we do not know if this sponsorship will carry over into next year’s contest.
In the meantime, check out the video for ‘Volcano Man’ below:
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