From “Harry Potter” to “Weird Al” Yankovic

This role should make even “Harry Potter” forget: Daniel Radcliffe becomes “the greatest music legend of all time” in a biopic – “Weird Al” Yankovic.

the essentials in brief

  • Daniel Radcliffe slips into the role of “Weird Al” Yankovic.
  • The biopic is slated to hit the big screen in 2022.

Daniel Radcliffe (32) developed a soft spot for weird roles. In a biopic he is supposed to play a comedian who even has “weird” in his name. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Radcliffe will play Weird Al Yankovic (62) for a production by The Roku Channel.

Yankovic made a name for himself primarily through his pastiches of world-famous songs. He inspired, for example, as a well-fed wannabe Michael Jackson in “Eat It” (instead of “Beat It”). Alfred Matthew Yankovic, as the musician’s real name is, has already won five Grammys.

The slightly different biopic

According to the report, Yankovic co-wrote the screenplay for “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” with Eric Appel. Appel is quoted as saying: “The first time Weird Al held me against my will to tell me his life story, I didn’t believe a thing. But I knew right away that we had to make a film out of it.”

According to the description, the strip will “hold nothing back and tell every facet of Yankovic’s life […] – from gifted child prodigy to greatest music legend of all time».

Yankovic excited by Radcliffe

Yankovic was also “absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will play me in the film. I have no doubt that this will be the role he will be remembered for for generations to come.”

It is not yet clear when the biopic will appear. However, Yankovic hints that it will still be the case in 2022. Roku is a provider of streaming players, which have also been available in Germany since the end of last year.

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