“Weird” couldn’t be a more appropriate title for the Weird Al Yankovic Story movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. I say that because Yankovic’s story isn’t typical of the rock music biopic genre, so it can’t follow the same point-by-point story beats that we’re all familiar with. And you see that in the latest trailer, that fantasy and exaggeration are used to bring the most unlikely pop superstar’s journey to life.
The casting of Radcliffe as Yankovic continues to look like a sneaky brilliant decision. Not only does he transform to look the part but his mannerisms, as well. Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, and Quinta Brunson join him in the cast and…is that Weird Al Yankovic himself in there, too? Yes, it is.
Director Eric Appel created a Funny or Die video on Weird Al some years back that led to this. An atypical path for an atypical pop music icon.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will have its world premiered at TIFF on September 8th, followed by its release on The Roku Channel on November 4th.
Daniel Radcliffe is “Weird” Al Yankovic in the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him. With Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, and an A-list cast of thousands their agents won’t let us reveal.