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Pierce Brosnan has been added to David Dobkin’s Netflix comedy Eurovision, about the world-famous singing competition. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams will star in the film as Icelandic musicians Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, respectively.
Brosnan will play Lars’ father, Erick Erickssong, “the most handsome man in Iceland.” Ferrell, who is also a producer, and Andrew Steele will write the script for the film, which is already in production in the U.K.
The Eurovision Song Contest held its 64th finale in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. The Netherlands won with the song “Arcade,” performed by Duncan Laurence. This season’s finale contained an infamously off-key and political performance by Madonna.
Oh my gosh, everything about this Netflix film about Eurovision sounds perfect! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/plwP5sZvAv— Nola Thee Journalist (@NolaMarianna) August 8, 2019
The first Eurovision event was held in Switzerland in 1956. The competition has launched former contestants such as ABBA (1974 winner for Sweden) and Céline Dion (1988 winner for Switzerland) to wildly successful careers.
Brosnan is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Matador and, of course, as James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. More recently, the 66-year-old Irish-born actor starred on AMC’s The Son, a Western drama based on Philipp Meyer’s novel.
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.