Announced at the start of the year, the upcoming Weird Al Yankovic biopic has released a first trailer starring Daniel Radcliffe as the eponymous character. Teased yesterday in a short eight-second clip by Weird Al Yankovic himself, the much longer trailer released earlier today makes the film look like a lot of fun, as you’d expect a film about the music industry’s weirdest and most unique artist to be.
Weird Al Yankovic
To those who don’t know, Weird Al Yankovic has been around for a considerable amount of years, releasing songs parodying popular songs at the time. Most will know his most famous works like ‘White & Nerdy’, ‘Polka Face’ and ‘Like A Surgeon, but these are a small sample of his 150-plus parody songs.
No stranger to television and film, himself having written and directed UHF in 1989 and The Weird Al Show in 1997, he’s credited with co-writing the script of the biopic, and judging by his comments, is more than happy with the film’s choice for the lead saying:
“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.”
Daniel Radcliffe seemingly echoed these sentiments, stating how much fun he’d had whilst filming the biopic, and how excited he is for fans to see the film.
“It was honestly one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever done. If you can’t have fun making the Weird Al movie, what are you doing with your life? I’m really excited for people to see it. He’s the best. I know everyone says this about him, but it’s so lovely to meet somebody that you look up to and you know as a hero to so many people, and to have them just be kind and fun and sweet. I can now go to my grave saying that I’ve had accordion lessons with Weird Al.”
Daniel Radcliffe is an actor that feel like he’s been around forever at this point, thanks in no small part to the worldwide phenomenon Harry Potter franchise, where he played the titular character. Having played the character for ten years, Radcliffe has spent the last ten playing characters as far away from Harry Potter as he could get, with a down-and-out nobody in Guns Akimbo, a dead body used as a flotation device in Swiss Army Man and a falsely accused man accused of sexual assault who develops horns on his head in the horror comedy Horns.
This most recent part just adds to that eclectic body of work of his, and it is fair to say whilst he’ll never escape his Harry Potter days, he’s done enough that it’ll be considered the more ‘normal’ of his work.
More recently he’s also been thrown into the fire regarding rumors of his potential casting as Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although at this point every man and his dog seems to be in the running for the biggest part in the X-Men.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Starring alongside Rainn Wilson, Evan Rachel Wood, and more, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Weird Al Yankovic. The official Roku description of the film makes it sound like we’ll be seeing the upbringing, struggle, and eventual success of the weirdest man in music. With Al being a larger-than-life character in real life, it’s fair to say the film will show us some hopefully highly exaggerated events from the man’s life.
The biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story looks every bit of fun as you’d expect a film based around the weirdest man in music to be, and we don’t have to wait very long for it to arrive. Landing on Roku, the film will be available for everyone to stream and enjoy from November 4th.
Will you be watching?