Date: 19th January 2022
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as Grammy-winning musician 'Weird Al' Yankovic in the Roku original movie "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 feature, titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, is directed by Eric Appel and written by Al Yankovic himself, alongside Appel. Yankovic produces, along with Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Whitney Hodack for Funny Or Die, and Tim Headington, Lia Buman and Max Silva for Tango.
Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in early February. The feature will be available only to stream on Roku.
The official "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" synopsis from Roku reads: "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. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time."
Colin Davis, Roku's Head of Original Scripted Programming, added, "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."
Radcliffe, who is repped by the U.K.’s ARG and Felker Toczek, will next be seen in Paramount comedy The Lost City, starring opposite Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
Source: Press Release