First Look at Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic in Upcoming Biopic
♫He wants to bowl with the gangsters, but oh well it's obvious he's white and nerdy♫
Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic in an upcoming film for The Roku Channel, and now fans have their first official look at the star in costume.
In a new photograph released by Roku, Radcliffe can be seen dressed as the iconic musician, complete with large, curly hair, oversized glasses, and a mustache. Radcliffe is also playing a piano accordion, the same instrument Weird Al often plays at concerts and in many songs.
Check out the newest image for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story below:
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will be directed and executive produced by Eric Appel from a screenplay he co-wrote with Yankovic. It will follow the story of the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, who has already won five Grammys.
“The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle,” reads the synopsis. “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”
This marks the second collaboration between Yankovic and Appel as they previously produced a Funny or Die movie trailer for Yankovic’s biopic eight years ago. The trailer featured Aaron Paul, Olivia Wilde, Gary Cole, Mary Steenburgen, and Patton Oswalt.
“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’s 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.”
The project is produced by Funny Or Die and Tango. Producers are Yankovic, Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, and Whitney Hodack for Funny Or Die along with Tim Headington, Lia Buman, and Max Silva for Tango. Funny Or Die’s Henry Muñoz III and Tango’s Neil Shah are also set as executive producers.