Daniel Radcliffe Will Play “Weird Al” Yankovic In Biopic
Daniel Radcliffe ain’t a wizard no more, but a weirdo set to portray “Weird Al” Yankovic in his biopic “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”
According to a press release (via The Hollywood Reporter), the film:
“holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.”
Born in 1959 as Alfred Matthew Yankovic in California, started as a DJ and turned out to be the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time parodying the works of his musical contemporaries. Yankovic’s a five-time Grammy winner, his 2014 release Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200.
Yankovic told The Post in 2014:
“I never thought that I’d make a living being Weird Al. I thought I’d have to grow up and be an adult. That hasn’t happened yet.”
The film is set to go into production in February in Los Angeles and will be available exclusively on the Roku channel. Yankovic wrote the film and director and producer Eric Appel.
“When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn’t believe any of it. But I knew that we had to make a movie about it.” Appel said.
According to Roku’s Head of Original Scripted Programming, Colin Davis:
“There clearly aren’t enough biopic movies about famous musicians and we were excited to shine a light on the incredibly true, unexaggerated story of Weird Al,” and continued, “This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity, and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original.”
Yankovic said in a statement:
“When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule,” and added, “And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”