- Film & TV
- 23 Feb 22
The image comes as the first peek as Daniel Radcliffe in Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic story.
The first look at Daniel Radcliffe playing 'Weird Al' Yankovic in his upcoming biopic have been released by the Roku Channel.
The photo, which shows the actor in Yankovic's signature Hawaiian shirt, glasses and moustache, is the first peek into Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic Story.
"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 torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle," reads the movie's description.
“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly," Radcliffe remarked in a statement. "I’m honoured to finally share with the world the absolutely 100% unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life."
Yankovic, a five-time Grammy winner and comic, has written and co-produced the biopic alongside director Eric Apple, with Funny or Die and Tango producing.
"When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule,” Yankovic joked. “And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for."
"When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn’t believe any of it, but I knew that we had to make a movie about it," added Appel.
Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic Story will be released exclusively on the Roku Channel.
“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',” said Colin Davis, Roku’s head of original scripted programming. “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.”