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Edinburgh stars in new Will Ferrell film

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is the new Will Ferrell comedy on Netflix . The film was made on location in Edinburgh last year . Edinburgh locations featured in the film include Victoria Street , the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, the Ross Fountain, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow has been transported to Edinburgh’s Old Town in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

The comedy stars Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers given the chance to appear in the famous song contest.

It was filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow last year and in the plot the event takes place in Scotland’s capital.

However, the decision to move the iconic 14,300-capacity concert venue caused controversy among viewers after the film was released on the streaming service on Friday.

Twitter user Greagsy posted online: “Watching Eurovision on @NetflixUK. Edinburgh bloody stole the Glasgow Hydro, give us back our Hydro.”

William Derek wrote: “The Eurovision movie is decent, but the only thing that really triggers me is that the host city is Edinburgh, and the host venue is the Hydro… which is in Glasgow.”

Will Ferrell filmed scenes at Glasgow Airport back in October last year 

Angela MacDonald said: “I watched this this morning. Wasn’t too sure of it to begin with but I loved it. It’s a fun love letter to Eurovision and the cameos are great!! Loved seeing the Hydro all lit up… but ruuuuude having it billed as ‘Edinburgh’ – eugh!”

Kenny from the Block posted: “Watching this terrible Eurovision film on Netflix. Irrationally angry that they’ve put the Hydro in Edinburgh.”

The film also riled viewers with a scene where Glasgow Airport doubles as Edinburgh Airport.

Gary Fleming posted: “Currently watching Eurovision Song Contest: Story of Fire Saga.

“I could suspend disbelief that the Hydro was doubling for some place in Edinburgh but putting a sign saying ‘Edinburgh Airport’ on Glasgow Airport? Naw, that won’t do at all.”

Hollywood A-lister Ferrell co-wrote the movie which also stars former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

A spokeswoman for Film Edinburgh, which is charged with attracting major productions to the city, said: “You can imagine the excitement when the production team approached us with a parody of the world’s ultimate song contest, the Eurovision Song Contest.

“‘Why Edinburgh?’ we asked, to which director David Dobkin replied that he loved the city and it would be the perfect location for a parody about the Eurovision Song Contest.

“The city hosted the real Eurovision Song Contest back in 1972 and this was our chance to host it again.”

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Edinburgh stars in new Eurovision film

Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan and Rachel McAdams, star of Mean Girls and The Notebook, will appear alongside Will Ferrell in the movie, which is expected to spend a week shooting in the city and involve around 200 extras.

Ferrell, who shot to fame on the American sketch show Saturday Night Live, has co-written the screenplay for Eurovision, which he researched during a visit to the event – staged in Edinburgh in 1972 – in Lisbon last year.

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The actor, whose other hits include Elf, Blades of Glory and Daddy’s Home, and McAdams play a pair of aspiring Icelandic musicians “given the opportunity of a lifetime to appear at the world’s biggest song competition.”

Brosnan has been cast as the father of Ferrell’s character, with the former described as “the most handsome man in Iceland.”

Locations in the Old Town and New Town have been lined up for starring roles, along with the historic fishing village of Newhaven, on Edinburgh’s waterfront. It is understood the city will not be standing in for another location in the movie. However it is not known what role Edinburgh will play in the storyline.

News of Eurovision’s forthcoming filming in Edinburgh has emerged days after several weeks of shooting on Fast and Furious 9 wrapped up.

Rosie Ellison, manager of the Film Edinburgh commission, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the city to be showcased to millions of both film and Eurovision fans around the world. It allows us to once again demonstrate our film-friendly credentials to the global film industry.”

Cammy Day, depute leader of the city council, added: “It is a source of real pride that Edinburgh attracts these kinds of projects and it’s very exciting to welcome the latest project from Netflix to the city next week. We welcome filming for the economic benefit, employment opportunities and the on-screen promotion it brings.

“Productions are exciting for film fans and we ensure that filmmakers engage with all residents and businesses within the area in which they plan to film, to make sure that life can continue with as little disruption as possible when the city takes centre stage.”

The city had a starring role in last year’s Netflix film Outlaw King, in which Hollywood star Chris Pine played Robert the Bruce. Craigmillar Castle, in the south of the city, was one of the main locations transformed for filming. Edinburgh filmmaker Matt Palmer shot his award-winning 2018 Netflix thriller Calibre in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

Recent comedies shot in Edinburgh include Burke and Hare, which starred Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, and Festival, which was set at the Fringe.