Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga - All you need to know about the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams film on Netflix

Netflix's Eurovision film sees the pair star as two aspiring musicians who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition.

By Katie Archer Published: 18 May 2020 - 3.31pm
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Netflix is bolstering its comedy films offering with Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, a new movie starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.

Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), the film sees the Hollywood acting duo play two aspiring musicians who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition.

Here’s all we know about Eurovision so far.

When is it available to watch on Netflix?

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

Is there a trailer?

There's not a trailer yet, but you can watch Ferrell and McAdams perform the track 'Volcano Man' as their characters from the film below.

What's it about? Who's in the cast?

Will Ferrell (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook) star as two aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit, aka Fire Saga.

When they are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song contest, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

The film also stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) as Alexander Lemtov, Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Mamma Mia!) as Erick Erickssong, singer/actress Demi Lovato (Camp Rock) as Katiana, and siblings Natasia Demetriou and Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats) as Nina and Kevin.

No other casting or plot information has been released yet.

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What is The Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is legendary throughout Europe for its eccentric performers, odd songs, passionate fans and tactical voting.

The long-running international song contest has been televised every year since 1956, and was designed as a way of helping to unify Europe through culture and broadcast technology as it rebuilt itself following World War II.

Recent years have seen long-time fans Australia welcomed into the fold and, as Europe and the song contest has expanded, semi-final rounds have been added to whittle the 40 or so contestants down to a shortlist who take part in the grand final - the main Saturday night show that most people think of as Eurovision.

Although the UK hasn't won the competition for more than 20 years, we claim a spot in the final every year as part of the 'Big Five' countries who make the biggest financial contributions to the event alongside France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The unique, bizarre, and sometimes just plain bad performances are only the start of what makes Eurovision so enjoyable. It’s also famed for its stilted presenting, eccentric judges and the frustrating fact that the same countries award maximum points to their allies year-on-year no matter the quality of the song. In short, there’s plenty to inspire Will Ferrell's brand of comedy.

Although there are plenty of weird and wonderful acts each year, Eurovision can also be a launchpad for successful music careers, with both Abba and Celine Dion both winning the contest before finding global fame. 

Other notable winners have included Conchita Wurst, Dana International, and the UK's 1981 victors, Bucks Fizz.

Which other films has Will Ferrell starred in?

Eurovision seems like a perfect fit for the comedy actor, who has previously poked fun at other niche competitive events in films about figure skating and Nascar racing.

He starred alongside Owen Wilson in skating comedy Blades of Glory, and with John C. Reilly in racing film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He also partnered Woody Harrelson in basketball spoof Semi-Pro.

Will is also well known for his starring role in the Anchorman films about a local TV news broadcaster.

He recently teamed up with John C. Reilly again for comedy Sherlock Holmes adaptation Holmes and Watson.

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