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Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams Enter Eurovision in New Netflix Comedy 'The Story of Fire Saga'

It follows two Icelandic singers chasing their Europop dream.
By Sarah Ward
June 14, 2020
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Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams Enter Eurovision in New Netflix Comedy 'The Story of Fire Saga'

It follows two Icelandic singers chasing their Europop dream.
By Sarah Ward
June 14, 2020
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As music, spandex and glitter fans everywhere already know, the Eurovision Song Contest didn't go ahead this year. It's one of the many events worldwide that have been affected by COVID-19, alongside SXSW, Glastonbury, Coachella and Splendour in the Grass — but it's the only one to leave a huge Europop-shaped hole, of course.

In Australia, broadcaster SBS attempted to make up for Eurovision's absence by spending a week celebrating the annual contest. And, globally, Netflix is also doing its bit. The latter is helping out in a much less serious fashion, however, all thanks to its new Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams-starring comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Due to hit the streaming platform at the end of June — and just dropping its first trailer this week, too — the film follows two small-town Icelandic singers who've always wanted to represent their country at the famed sing-off. Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (McAdams) aren't particularly well-liked in their homeland, or considered popular. But when they're named as the next Eurovision contestants, they're determined not only to win but to show that chasing their lifelong dream was worth it.

Directed by Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up and The Judge filmmaker David Dobkin, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga looks set to feature plenty of Ferrell's over-the-top comedy — as the initial sneak peek makes plain. It also boasts icy backdrops, a song called 'Volcano Man', a fierce rivalry between Fire Saga and fellow competitor Alexander Lemtov (Legion's Dan Evans), and a cast that also spans Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato.

Check out the trailer below:

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga hits Netflix on Friday, June 26.

Images: John Wilson and Elizabeth Viggiano, via Netflix.

Published on June 14, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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