Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to play Grammy-winning musician and pop cultural icon “Weird Al” Yankovic in a new biopic for the Roku Channel.
Dubbed WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, the biopic was written by Yankovic himself along with Eric Appel, whose credits include Silicon Valley and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Appel will also be directing the project, which will offer insight on how Yankovic rose to fame with his parodies of popular music tracks, as well as his “famously depraved lifestyle.”
“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,” said Yankovic. “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.”
“When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn’t believe any of it, but I knew that we had to make a movie about it,” writer and director, Eric Appel, added.
Comedy website Funny or Die released a mock trailer for WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story in 2013 with Aaron Paul and Olivia Wilde in the lead roles, but it took nearly a decade before the relevant parties agreed to turn it into a genuine production. Appel was also responsible for directing that trailer.