Eric Appel directed Weird: The Al Yankovic Story from a script he co-wrote with the film's subject, “Weird Al” Yankovic, which was adapted for the big screen by director Eric Appel. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic as the film's central character.
The film also features Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, and Julianne Nicholson in supporting parts. In the fall of 2022, it will be available on the Roku Channel, according to the company. The renowned humorous recording artist will be played by the Harry Potter star in a biopic that will be released soon.
Who Will Appear in the Film?
There aren't many specifics on who might appear in the film at this time. We do, however, know who will be playing the renowned parody singer in the next film. Yankovic will be played by Daniel Radcliffe, who is best known as the Harry Potter actor.
“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don't take lightly, and I'm honoured to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al's depraved and scandalous life,” Radcliffe said in a statement.
“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don't take lightly,” Radcliffe said in a statement. Accordion player Radcliffe may be seen in a first-look shot from the set sporting Weird Al Yankovic's distinctive glasses and Hawaiian shirt while playing the accordion.
As for Yankovic, he responded to the casting with the following statement: “Having Daniel Radcliffe represent me in the film is an absolute dream come true for me. He will be remembered for his work in this capacity, without a shadow of a doubt, in future generations.” At this time, Radcliffe is the only confirmed member of the cast who will appear in the movie.
What We Know About the Plot
Due to the fact that it is very early in the production process, there are little specifics available about the plot. We do, however, have a general concept of what to expect from the final product.
According to the official description, “The documentary leaves nothing back, chronicling every aspect of Yankovic's life, from his stratospheric climb to stardom with early songs like ‘Eat It' and ‘Like a Surgeon' to his torrid celebrity love relationships and notoriously filthy lifestyle.” A genuinely incredible trip through Yankovic's life and career, from bright young genius to the greatest musical legend of all time,” says the film's official description.
Furthermore, “When my previous major motion picture, UHF (1989), was released, I made a solemn promise to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork, for the rest of my life.” “I'm delighted to report that we are on schedule.”
However, while there isn't enough narrative information to provide us with any specifics, it does appear that the film will depict the whole tale of Yankovic's life, including his early years and meteoric ascent to stardom. Similarly to the original short, it is probable to exaggerate his own circumstances in order to make a comedic point.
The short film from 2010 can give fans a sense of what to expect from this feature film. A young Yankovic was labelled “strange” by his family because of his interest in polka music, which contrasted with his upbringing in a conservative, conventional household.
When he first started performing, he quickly gained notoriety, but drugs and alcohol eventually brought him down. The short, which featured celebrities such as Olivia Wilde, Mary Steenburgen, Gary Cole, Patton Oswalt, and Aaron Paul, parodied several of the cliches of typical biopics, including:
It is likely that the film will parody the conventions of musical biopics, much like the 2010 short did, and will offer a comedic take on a genre that is typically more dramatic in nature. With Yankovic on board as a writer, fans can expect the same degree of campiness and hilarity that they have come to expect and enjoy from Yankovic's previous work.
In any event, spectators will most likely have to wait until an official trailer is published before learning more about the picture and determining whether or not it meets up to the expectations. What ever your feelings on the performance, everyone should be able to agree that the film will undoubtedly be “strange.”
The Release Date for the upcoming ‘Weird Al' Movie
Because production on Weird: The Al Yankovic Story began in earnest on February 10, 2022, the film's release date has been set for March 23, 2010. The film will be available on Roku in the not-too-distant future, according to the company.
Eric Appel, a filmmaker, met with “Weird Al” Yankovic to discuss his life story, which Eric told Deadline he “didn't believe any of,” but that he “knew that [they] had to make a movie about.”
This is according to a report from Variety, who says that the biopic “promises to hold nothing back and explore every facet of Al Yankovic's life, from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame with early hits such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon,” while also touching on his torrid celebrity love affairs and notoriously depraved lifestyle.”
According to the official description, “The documentary leaves nothing back, chronicling every aspect of Yankovic's life, from his stratospheric climb to stardom with early songs like ‘Eat It' and ‘Like a Surgeon' to his torrid celebrity love relationships and notoriously filthy lifestyle.” Because production on Weird: The Al Yankovic Story began in earnest on February 10, 2022, the film's release date has been set for March 23, 2010. The film will be available on Roku in the not-too-distant future, according to the company.