Yer a wizard, Yankovic. Daniel Radcliffe has magically transformed into beloved musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic in the trailer and official poster for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. “You will never find true happiness until you can truly accept who you are,” Radcliffe says in the parody of musical biopics. The preview of the upcoming Roku original sees the former Harry Potter star sporting a mustache and curly hair while wearing Yankovic’s signature aviator frames and colorful shirts. We also get a glimpse of a shirtless Radcliffe onstage, chugging and spitting a drink into the air as the crowd cheers. And yes, he does don the blue scrubs for that “Like a Surgeon” Madonna parody we’ve been waiting for.
Weird: The Al Yankovic story will premiere on the Roku Channel November 4, and the brand-new poster would like to remind you that it is, in fact, free. It shows an image of Radcliffe-as-Al facing the Hollywood Hills, his perm awash in sunlight, turning him into the angel of polka that he is. With the rhinestones on his jacket and his little tushy facing us, it’s like the Elvis movie we deserved.
Produced by Funny or Die and Tango, Roku’s biopic bills itself as the “untold true story” of Yankovic’s rise to fame, from his early hit songs to his “torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.” According to Variety, the production is more of a scripted mockumentary that pokes fun at tropes in “self-important” biopics. There is even an Oprah Winfrey interview, with the famed TV host played by Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson.
But you know what else the movie is? A convenient little shortcut for Evan Rachel Wood. While Julia Garner, Sydney Sweeney, and Barbie Ferreira reportedly duked it out to play Madonna in the pop star’s biopic, Wood found a way to cut the line … kind of. As Rolling Stone first reported in March, she is playing Madonna in Roku’s film. A first-look photo showed Wood in her best Desperately Seeking Susan jush wearing an expression that says, “Who’s got two thumbs sticking out of fingerless gloves? Evan Rachel effing Wood, that’s who.” She’ll join Radcliffe onscreen when Weird: The Al Yankovic Story drops this November. Suck it, Euphoria cast.
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