USA – Will Ferrell is set to poke fun at the Eurovision Song Contest in a new comedy film for Netflix. No release date has yet been announced for the film but it’s expected to come out in the next couple of years.
Deadline reported that Will Ferrell will both star in and write the film with the former head-writer of Saturday Night Live, Andrew Steele. It will be based on the Eurovision Song Contest which began in Switzerland in 1956 and is notorious for outlandish outfits, pyrotechnics, bizarre acts and political voting.
This will be Will’s second film for Netflix – his romantic comedy Ibiza starring Gillian Jacobs was released in May 2018.
Will Ferrell is a massive fan of Eurovision and has watched the contest every year since 1999. In 2018 he was spotted in the audience watching the the show in Lisbon, Portugal where Israel’s Netta took the top prize with her song Toy.
He also attended the Eurovision final in 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Speaking to 20minutes.fr he said that he first got into the contest when he was visiting Sweden with his Swedish wife and actress Viveca Paulin.
Her cousin suggested watching the show and he’s been hooked ever since saying “I find it really interesting. It’s often eccentric and original.”