Chinos, mustache and Hawaiian shirts will be the new style of the actor of Harry Potter. Just like that we can see Daniel Radcliffe in an official image of the upcoming biopic about the singer and comedian Weird Al Yankovic. This first look is a vertical portrait of the British actor in costume, with his face slightly hidden and an accordion on his chest. It is left to our imagination to listen to him perform parodic songs like “Eat it” and “Like a Surgeon”, same ones that —on the level of reality— turned his character into a star of music and comedy.
The film in question is titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. According to a press release (via The Hollywood Reporter) will be a production that will not silence any aspect of the life of Californian Alfred Matthew Yankovic, alias «Weird Al». It will take into account both “his meteoric rise to fame” as well as “his torrid celebrity love affairs and his depraved lifestyle.”
«[La película] takes audiences on a truly incredible journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to greatest musical legend of all time.”
In the director’s chair is Eric Appel (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), also responsible for the script in complicity with «Weird Al». The project was officially announced last month, under the umbrella of The Roku Channel. Filming began a few days ago in Los Angeles, with Daniel Radcliffe leading the cast.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is recognized for his songs that parody the musical successes of other singers, as well as for his video clips that also follow a formula of humorous imitation. He has been the recipient of five Grammy Awards, out of a total of 16 nominations throughout his career. He also ventured into the cinema since the end of the eighties, with the comedy UHFwhich he co-wrote and starred in.
when my last movie came out UHF In 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major movie every 33 years, like clockwork,” he declared last month, showing off his comedic streak. “I am very happy to say that we are on time. And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe is playing me in the film. I have no doubt that this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
This week, in an interview with PeopleDaniel Radcliffe expressed the enthusiasm and seriousness with which he adopts the clothing and countenance of “Weird Al”.
“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” he said. “And I’m honored to finally share with the world the 100 percent absolutely and unquestionably true story of ‘Weird Al’s’ depraved and scandalous life.”
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story It does not yet have an official release date.
The entry First look at Daniel Radcliffe, transformed into the singer “Weird Al” was first published in Cinema PREMIERE.