Actor Daniel Radcliffe is “Harry Potter” no more!
Last month, The Blast reported that “The Lost City” actor had been cast to play the Grammy-winning singer and musician Weird Al Yankovic in his upcoming Roku exclusive biopic.
Production started earlier this month in Los Angeles, and fans can barely recognize the former Hogwarts alum in that mustache!
Daniel Radcliffe Shocks Fans With Weird Al Transformation!
Daniel Radcliffe is definitely giving fans some “WEIRD” reactions to his first appearance as Weird Al in “WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story.”
Radcliffe was photographed holding his phone and an iced coffee as he walked around the set in a camo shirt and dark slacks. Fans just can’t get past his long, dark eyebrows, his mustache, or that curly mop of hair!
In another photo, Radcliffe can be seen with thin, gold-framed glasses. He has a black mask pulled down past his chin that reads “We Stand Together.”
No release date has been announced for the film but Yankovic is “absolutely thrilled” to see Radcliffe playing him on the big screen!
“When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork,” he joked.
“I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule. And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film,” he continued. “I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”
‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’: Here Is Everything We Know So Far!
The biopic is meant to serve as an overview of Weird Al’s life, starting with his childhood and rise to fame. Weird Al became an international sensation with his early parody songs like “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” It will also touch on his series of celebrity relationships and his “depraved lifestyle.”
Funny Or Die’s Eric Appel both directed and wrote the biopic. Yankovic also had a heavy hand in creating the script.
Yankovic will also be producing the film alongside Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, and Whitney Hodack for Funny Or Die. Tim Headington, Lia Buman, and Max Silva will be producing for Tango. Appel will also be serving as executive producer with Funny Or Die’s Henry Muñoz III and Tango’s Neil Shah.
“When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn’t believe any of it,” Appel told Deadline. “But I knew that we had to make a movie about it.”
Weird Al Yankovic has become famous for his song parodies, such as “Amish Paradise” and “Trapped in the Drive-Thru.” As such, Weird Al has made a name for himself as one of the best-selling comedic recording artists of all time. Weird Al has won five Grammy Awards, and his 2014 album “Mandatory Fun” was the first comedy album in history to hit the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
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Roku’s Head of Original Scripted Programming, Colin Davis, said that they were excited to “shine a light” on one of the most famous musicians of all time.
“There clearly aren’t enough biopic movies about famous musicians and we were excited to shine a light on the incredibly true, unexaggerated story of Weird Al,” Davis said. “This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity, and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original.”
Funny Or Die’s chairman and executive producer, Muñoz III, added, “I am excited that my first project as the owner of Funny Or Die Studios is to help bring the story of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic to the screen.”
“Weird Al is a comic genius and his impact on pop culture, his mastery of the music video, his award-winning music, and his incredible life are a perfect fit for the talented producers at FOD,” he continued.
“We are honored to partner with Roku, Tango, and our director Eric Appel on this important movie,’ he concluded. “WEIRD has brought together a weird and wonderful team of creative people, to tell the story of a man who has made people laugh and sing across the world.”
Fans will just have to wait and see when the film becomes available to stream on Roku.