Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play comedic musician “Weird Al” Yankovic in a biopic.
The ‘Harry Potter’ actor will play the singer, known for his humorous songs and parodies, in ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,’ which was written by Yankovic and the film’s director Eric Appel.
The biopic is due to begin filming in Los Angeles next month.
“When my last UHF movie came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a great movie every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule.” , joked Yankovic. in a report.
“And I’m absolutely thrilled to have Daniel Radcliffe portray me in the film. I have no doubt that this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
Radcliffe, 32, kicked off 2022 with great success, having starred in the forefront of HBO’s’Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts‘, broadcast on New Year’s Day.
Fans can expect a movie that “holds nothing back”
Yankovic, who won five Grammys, is the best-selling comedy artist of all time. Some of his parody songs include ‘Eat It’ to Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, ‘Party in the CIA’ to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the USA’ and ‘Tacky’ in the style of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’.
A rep for the film explained that it “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 steamy celebrity romances. and his depraved lifestyle.
“Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic takes audiences on a truly incredible journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to greatest musical legend of all time.”
Yankovic and Appel produced a fake trailer for ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’, in which Aaron Paul played the musician, in collaboration with the producers of Funny or Die in 2010.
Funny or Die executives are producing the film with Appel, and filming is set to begin soon in Los Angeles.
Appel added, “When Weird Al sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn’t believe it, but I knew we had to make a movie out of it.”
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” will air exclusively on The Roku Channel – release date TBD.