“Weird Al” Yankovic has graced our ears with humorous parody songs for almost 40 years, and we will finally get a closer look at his life with his upcoming biopic. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is currently in post-production, and Daniel Radcliffe is set to star. The Roku original feature film boasts a star-studded cast, and we finally get our first look at Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey. The latest image can be seen below.
The upcoming biographical comedy is helmed by Eric Appel, based on a screenplay he co-wrote with the film’s subject, “Weird Al” Yankovic. MovieWeb can share the first details surrounding the plot:
Daniel Radcliffe is “Weird Al” Yankovic in the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him. With Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, and an A-list cast of thousands their agents won’t let us reveal.
The Roku Channel will be going for an all-out, no-holds-barred portrayal of “Weird Al,” which they hope to fit in the 108-minute runtime. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will be released sometime this fall 2022.
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Weird Will Be Big for Roku
Roku is sparing no expense with their telling of “Weird Al’s” rise to fame, with several big names attached to the project. In addition to Radcliffe and Brunson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Julianne Nicholson will join the film. Rounding out the cast are Spencer Treat Clark, Thomas Lennon, Toby Huss, James Preston Rogers, and David Bloom.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is the first original for The Roku Channel that bolsters such a large budget and could be significant for the service that is trying to attract users. The film is a joint production deal with Funny or Die and Tango, with principal photography beginning in February earlier this year. The shoot was incredibly short, with Radcliffe finishing his scenes in just 16 days and the entire filming period lasting a mere 18 days.
Eric Appel, Zachary Halley, Henry R. Munoz III, and Neil Shah will serve as EP on the movie, with Lia Buman, Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, Tom Headington, Whitney Hodack, Max Silva, and “Weird Al” Yankovic producing. Check The Roku Channel later this year to see “Weird Al” and his upbringing, notorious romances, and time in the spotlight. You can watch the latest teaser trailer below.