Radcliffe is currently filming The Roku Channel's upcoming movie "WEIRD: The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Story"
Daniel Radcliffe is playing famed comedic musician "Weird Al" Yankovic for The Roku Channel's upcoming biopic titled WEIRD: The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Story. The Harry Potter actor is seen playing the accordion in the first official image of him as Weird Al. "Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don't take lightly," Radcliffe, 32, joked to PEOPLE, "and I'm honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al's depraved and scandalous life."
According to a press release, "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." The Roku Original promises to take "audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic's life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time." Roku Head of Original Scripted Programming, Colin Davis said in the press release, "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. 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."
Daniel Radcliffe Appears Unrecognizable on Set After Transforming into 'Weird Al' Yankovic for Biopic https://t.co/du9JwA1wJY— People (@people) February 20, 2022
The 62-year-old artist himself said, last month, that he is "absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying" him in the film, joking of the famous British actor, "I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for." "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.
Daniel Radcliffe es Weird Al Yankovic pic.twitter.com/chxFuTjgFj— Universo Alex #DoctorStrange (@UniversoAlex) February 20, 2022
The artist is best known for parodying the works of his musical contemporaries, and according to Deadline, Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. The musician has been spoofing radio hits since he was a teenager, taking on songs from major artists like Michael Jackson and Billy Ray Cyrus. Yankovic has earned nearly 200 screen credits since 1983, including a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2018. Henry Muñoz III, chairman of Funny Or Die, the producers of the biopic shared, "I am excited that my first project as the owner of Funny Or Die Studios is to help bring the story of Weird Al Yankovic to the screen. Weird Al is a comic genius and his impact on pop culture, his mastery of the music video, his award-winning music, and his incredible life are a perfect fit for the talented producers at FOD."
Take a look at this first official image from the upcoming movie below:
SHOOT DAY #8: It never fails - we’re trying to shoot a movie here, and this cosplayer weirdo tries to crash our set. Ugh! I mean, I love my fans, but… boundaries, people! Don’t worry, we had security throw him out. #WEIRDTheAlYankovicStory @TheRokuChannel pic.twitter.com/XdHZBlrsPM— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) February 22, 2022