Pierce Brosnan has joined the cast of Will Ferrell‘s upcoming movie Eurovision.
The dashing former Bond actor will play Erick Erickssong, who’s the father of Ferrell’s character, and described as the “most handsome man in Iceland.”
Ferrell and Rachel McAdams are starring in the comedy movie as fictional Icelandic musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir.
The movie’s official plot synopsis teases: “When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit 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.”
Calling Eurovision “the world’s biggest song competition” is no exaggeration. Though it has a relatively small cult fanbase in the U.S., it’s a huge deal internationally: this year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel was watched by 182m viewers globally.
It’s been held every year since 1956, and around 50 countries are now eligible to compete, including several which aren’t actually in Europe – like Australia, which joined the Eurovision fold in 2015.
Both Abba and Celine Dion launched their careers by winning the contest. Incidentally, Brosnan’s native Ireland has won seven times over the years – more than any other nation.
Eurovision is well known for its camp and outlandish performances, so it should lend itself well to a playful spoof from Ferrell. As well as starring, the Anchorman actor has co-written the movie’s script and is serving as a producer. Wedding Crashers‘ David Dobkin is directing and shooting is underway now at various locations in the U.K. and Iceland.
Distributors Netflix haven’t announced a release date yet. In the meantime, for a taste of the Eurovision vibe, check out this classic performance from Verka Serduchka, who represented Ukraine at the 2007 contest. It’s definitely memorable!
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