Daniel Radcliffe will star as the Grammy-winning musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in the original Roku film “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”. The film is Roku’s first original biopic and will be available to stream exclusively on The Roku Channel. The project is produced by Funny Or Die and Tango. Yankovic co-wrote the screenplay with Eric Appel, who will also direct the project.
The official “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” synopsis from Roku reads: “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring all facets of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his fiery celebrity love affair and famous depraved lifestyle. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes the audience on a truly incredible journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted prodigy to the greatest musical legend ever. “
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“When my last film UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn promise to my fans that I would release a great film every 33 years, as a clockwork. I am very happy to say that we are following the timetable, “Yankovic said in a statement. “And I’m absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will portray me in the film. I have no doubt at all that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”
Colin Davis, Rokus Head of Original Scripted Programming, added: “There are clearly not enough biopic films about famous musicians, and we were excited to shed light on the incredibly true, unspoken story of Weird Al. This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity and friends who come together to make something really fun, and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original. “
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the best-selling comedy artist ever and a five-time Grammy winner. The musician’s 2014 release Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut as number one on Billboard’s Top 200 hit list. Production on the biopic will begin in Los Angeles in early February.
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