Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

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August 20, 2022

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is an upcoming American comedy biopic directed by Eric Appel and starring Daniel Radcliffe. Also in the project were actors Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson. The screenplay was co-written by Appel with "Weird Al" Yankovic and is based on the latter's biography. The film is scheduled for release in the fall of 2022, the distributor will be the streaming service The Roku Channel.

Plot

The plot of the film is centered on the biography of Alfred Matthew Yankovic, known as "Weird Al".

Starring

Daniel Radcliffe - "Weird Al" Yankovic Evan Rachel Wood - Madonna Rainn Wilson - Doc Demento Toby Huss as Neil Yankovic, Al's father Julianne Nicholson as Mary Yankovic, Al's mother

Production

In 2010, the humor portal Funny or Die released a fake trailer for a satirical biographical drama called Weird: The Al Yankovic Story directed by Eric Appel and starring Aaron Paul as the protagonist. Among the additional actors in the three-minute trailer were Yankovic himself, Olivia Wilde, Gary Cole, Mary Steenbergen and Patton Oswalt. On January 18, 2022, a full-length film of the same name starring Daniel Radcliffe was announced. The functions of the director and executive producer of the film remained with Appel, the script was written by him in collaboration with Yankovic. In an interview, Appel jokingly said: “When Al first met me and made me listen to his life story, I thought,“ complete nonsense, but we definitely need to make a film about this. According to Radcliffe, the reason for his approval for the lead role was the actor's appearance on The Graham Norton Show in November 2010, where he sang Tom Lehrer's The Elements in front of Colin Farrell and Rihanna: "I think Al saw my performance and caught thinking: “What, this guy cuts the chip.” And that's why he chose me." As planned by the director, Paul was still supposed to appear in the film in a small episode, but the actor fell ill with COVID-19 during filming. Principal photography began on February 10, 2022 in Los Angeles. In March, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson were cast in supporting roles. R�