Not just anyone could take on the role of the five-time Grammy winning, bestselling comedy recording artist of all time. However, when “Weird” Al Yankovic announced that Daniel Radcliffe would be starring in the upcoming biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, fans breathed a sigh of relief.
A long way from the boy wizard he once played, Radcliffe has fully embraced the freedom his time at Hogwarts granted him. In particular, he has chosen time and time again to take on roles that let him express his versatility and have some fun. From his Broadway days were he bared it all in Equus to his wacky antics over the last three years on Miracle Worker, there is no doubt that Radcliffe is talented and willing to try anything once.
Based on the teaser released back in May and the official trailer Roku just dropped, which you can check out below, it looks like stepping in to the shoes of the man known as “Weird Al” fits this pattern perfectly.
Following his rise to fame, Weird takes a comedic look at the how the parody artist became the first comedy artist to hit number 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart as well as the songs and everything else that got him there. Stepping into the role of the effervescent, wild-haired, accordion-ed entertainer, Radcliffe leads fans through the “untold true story” of Yankovic’s career alongside Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) as Madonna, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as radio broadcaster Dr. Demento, and Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown) and Toby Huss (King of the Hill) as Yankovic’s parents, Mary and Nick.
You can catch the film on Roku on November 4, or if you happen to be attending the Toronto International Film Festival next month you can get an early look at the film when it premieres opening night of the festival.