Daniel Radcliffe will be starring in “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s biopic. The film, titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, is slated to premiere on The Roku Channel, where users can stream the movie for free starting November 4.
The poster features the Harry Potter alum with his back to the camera. He’s in character as Yankovic wearing his bright red suit, gigantic head of hair and appropriately large accordion.
The film will chronicle the life and career of the singer/songwriter, detailing his journey through the music industry. Radcliffe earlier talked about the pressure associated with playing Yankovic, because of the musician’s iconic stage presence.
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“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life,” Radcliffe said.
The film is penned by Yankovic and Eric Appel (who also directs it).
“I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film,” Yankovic said when the movie was announced. “I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for. 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.”
In addition to Radcliffe, the biopic will also feature Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Rainn Wilson as radio broadcaster Dr. Demento and Abbott Elementary star (and current Emmy nominee) Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey, while Tobey Huss and Julianne Nicholson will portray Yankovic’s parents.
“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,” Roku Head of Original Scripted Programming Colin Davis said. “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 will also be getting his very own graphic novel, titled The Illustrated Al: The Songs of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, courtesy of Z2 Comics this November.