Daniel Radcliffe, la star de Harry Potter, will play the multifaceted, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist Weird Al Yankovic in WEIRD – The Al Yankovic Story, a TV biopic for brand new Roku streamer…
Recently commissioned, the work written by Yankovic and Eric Appel (Funny or Die), WEIRD will explore “every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to stardom with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his steamy love affairs with celebrities and his notorious depraved lifestyle”. The feature film promises to take audiences on “an incredible journey through the life and career of Yankovic, from child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time”.
Appel will also be the director of the film. Production is expected to begin in Los Angeles in early February.
“When my last film, UHF, was released in 1989, I solemnly swore my fans to release a great movie every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule,” Yankovic said in a statement. “And I’m absolutely thrilled to have Daniel Radcliffe cast me in this film. I have no doubt that this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
Appel added, “When Weird Al sat me down against my will and told me about his life, I didn’t believe a word of it, but I knew we had to make a movie out of it.”
Yankovic is the best-selling comedic artist of all time. According to Roku, he is one of only three artists to have had Top 40 success in each of the past four decades (the other two being Michael Jackson and Madonna). His most recent studio album, Mandatory Fun from 2014, became the first comedy album in history to debut at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 and spawned the hit single “Tacky”, a riff on “Happy” de Pharrell Williams.
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