Will ‘Eurovison’ Fans Fall for Húsavík?

From Húsavík.

From Húsavík. mbl.is/Helgi Bjarnason

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The town of Húsavík, North Iceland, plays a role in the upcoming comedy Eurovision, set to be released on Netflix June 26. Most of Eurovision was shot in Iceland the latter half of last year – part of it in H úsavík. The film is directed by David Dobkin and its script written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele.

The comedy’s full title is Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga . It’s about two Icelandic musicians, Lars and Sigrit, whose roles are played by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. They are given a chance to represent Iceland at Eurovision - Europe’s annual song contest. Pierce Brosnan plays the role of Lars’ father.

Will Ferrell, in a scene in the movie.

Will Ferrell, in a scene in the movie. Screenshot

Kristján Þór Magnússon, director of Norðurþing local council, of which Húsavík is part, tells Morgunblaðið the residents of Húsavík await the release of the film with anticipation. He believes extras from the town will appear in the film.

His hope is that the film will increase tourists’ interest in visiting the town. “Of course I’m not sure how big a role the town plays in the film, but I believe it will be substantial,” he states. “We will certainly take advantage of that when tourists return. Tens of millions will watch this film as soon as it’s released, so this will be a major publicity for the town. He believes the town will retain its name in the film.

Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in Icelandic landscape.

Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in Icelandic landscape. Screenshot

Kristján hopes the residents of Húsavík and vicinity will get a chance to watch Eurovision on a big screen to celebrate its release.

Among the Icelandic actors to appear in the comedy are Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson. Composer Atli Örvarsson wrote the score to the film.

Watch a newly released video with a song from the movie here:

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