The trailer of Daniel Radcliffe-starrer Roku channel original film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, has been released. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before being released for streaming. The Harry Potter star is set to portray the titular musician, who made a name for himself by parodying famous musical numbers. Alongside Radcliffe, another big name who appears in the film is Evan Rachel Wood, and she is set to essay the role of the Queen of Pop, Madonna.
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This is the first directorial venture of Eric Appel. He has earlier worked on TV shows like Son of Zorn, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Office. Regarding his choice of the film’s subject, Appel said, “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 wrote the film’s script along with the real-life Al Yankovic. Besides Radcliffe and Wood, the film also stars Will Ferrell and Rainn Wilson.
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Notably, just like Yankovic’s songs, the film too is a parody of biopics. It shows Madonna coming to Yankovic’s house to ask him to make a parody of her song, Like A Virgin, and then the two end up getting physically intimate. Moreover, they also start a romantic relationship. The reality is that Yankovic realized the superstar singer wanted him to make a parody of her song via mutual friends.
Madonna, who is a prominent character in the film, is writing and directing a biopic on herself. Julia Garner is set to portray the 64-year-old.
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Radcliffe was last seen in the action-comedy Guns Akimbo (2019) and the Australian prison film, also a biopic, Escape From Pretoria. Wood, on the other hand, starred in the romantic musical, Viena and the Fantomes (2020).