Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Biopic to be Distributed Globally as Roku Teams Up With Village Roadshow

While Weird: The Al Yankovic Story already premiered on The Roku Channel earlier this month for audiences in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Mexico, it hasn’t quite yet been available to Weird Al fans elsewhere. That’s why Roku has decided to team up with Village Roadshow to release the film internationally, per The Hollywood Reporter. Since The Roku Channel is only available in the countries mentioned above, another distributor must relay the movie globally via television, streaming, and home entertainment.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, the singer-songwriter known for his parodies of popular songs, such as “Eat It” (a humorous version of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”) and “Amish Paradise” (which similarly parodies “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and L.V.). While a biopic itself, it’s also a satire of biopics, as the movie is only very loosely based on Yankovic’s life. It’s fitting: a parody movie based on a parody artist.


The head of Roku Originals, David Eilenberg, has said that “the film had the biggest opening weekend audience in the history of The Roku Channel,” deciding that the film is popular enough to be released worldwide. Jason Buckley, the executive VP at Village Roadshow, agrees: “We know global audiences will be just as eager to see it as viewers were in North America and the U.K… we are thrilled to partner again with the team at Roku.”

Fans outside The Roku Channel’s market have patiently awaited the biopic to come to their country. When asked by an Australian fan how to watch the movie, Al Yankovic tweeted: “Roku’s working on it,” before hinting at potentially unscrupulous ways of watching the film.

North American and U.K. Viewers Can Already Watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

The Roku Channel

If you live in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or Mexico, you can watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story with a Roku TV or Roku player. The film opened to positive reviews praising its humor and Radcliffe’s performance, who was worried he wasn’t the right fit for the role until reading the script. He initially felt like he didn’t look enough like Yankovic to portray him, but later said, “it was a very easy yes” after realizing that the movie wasn’t supposed to depict a perfectly accurate version of Yankovic’s life, but rather a parody of it.

The film was directed by Eric Appel, in his first shot at directing a full-length movie. The screenplay was written by Appel and Al Yankovic, with Daniel Radcliffe portraying the titular character. Acting alongside Radcliffe is Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, while other co-stars include Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Arturo Castro, and Julianne Nicholson. The movie has been available on The Roku Channel since November 4th, after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8th. An exact date for international release is yet to be confirmed.