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Will Ferrell to star in Netflix comedy

Will Ferrell is set to star in a Netflix film based around the Eurovision song contest.

According to Deadline, the Anchorman and Elf actor will headline the comedy after writing the script with Andrew Steele. The pair has previously worked on Casa de mi Padre and Lifetime parody A Deadly Adoption.

Ferrell was seen at this year’s contest in Lisbon and revealed that he’s been a big fan since his Swedish wife introduced him to it in 1999. Eurovision has been a major music fixture since 1956 and over 186m viewers tuned in to this year’s edition.

It will mark Ferrell’s second film with the platform after last month’s release of Ibiza, a comedy he produced starring Gillian Jacobs. The platform has been signing a host of comedy A-listers ever since their multi-picture deal with Adam Sandler. They have since made a number of standup signings including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld.