This wizard is getting weird. Daniel Radcliffe stars as the titular comedian in WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, and the movie will live up to its title. It explores 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 Al: The Movie
The film is based on a short Al Yankovic made for Funny or Die in 2010, and the star-studded video poked fun at dramatic rock star biopics, exaggerating the comic`s life with sex, drugs, and emotional breakdowns.
The first teaser trailer, released in May 2022, reveals that the movie is set to have a similar tone, with Roku advertising it as “the untold true story” of the “Eat It” singer — as well as his “torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.”
Radcliffe is a big fan of the Grammy Award winner, but the Lost City star revealed in a March 2022 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that he was surprised when Yankovic specifically chose him for the role — despite having never met.
“When I talked to Al for the first time, I was like, `I`m immensely flattered by the idea that you would pick me to play you, but like, why me?I’m confused but excited,” recalls the Harry Potter actor.