First trailer has dropped for Daniel Radcliffe’s Weird Al biopic
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The first trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story starring Daniel Radcliffe as singer and comedian Al Yankovic has been released, and it looks hilarious.
Written by Yankovic and Eric Appel, and directed by the latter, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story promises to show us the legend's life and career as he shoots to fame.
Watch the trailer here:
Incredibly, this whole thing got started years ago when Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul appeared in a fake trailer as part of a skit for Funny or Die.
Yankovic himself appeared in the fake trailer along with famous figures such as Olivia Wilde and Patton Oswalt, and now the joke is getting turned into an actual biopic.
Sadly, Aaron Paul won't be back to make an appearance or put in a cameo as he came down with the coronavirus at precisely the wrong time, but he's wished everyone involved in the movie well.
As for why Radcliffe got cast as Weird Al, according to the Harry Potter star it's because back in 2010 on The Graham Norton Show while sitting next to Colin Farrell and Rihanna he sang The Elements Song.
You know the one, it runs right the way through the entire periodic table, and it seems as though Weird Al himself thought that proved Radcliffe had what it took to step into his shoes.
Honestly, pretty much every detail about this movie from how it started as a fake trailer to casting the lead actor because he sang The Elements Song on a talk show is absolutely wild.
Then again what else would you expect from a Weird Al biopic the man himself has had a major hand in making, if anything it'd be less surprising if the making of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story wasn't at least a little bit weird itself.
As for the trailer, it charts Weird Al's dreams of pursuing his creativity through to his decision to parody other people's songs, then Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood) shows up and it starts getting steamy between the pair.
Also starring in the movie is Rainn Wilson as Dr Demento, who helped Weird Al gain worldwide recognition, while Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson play Yankovic's parents.
Early reaction to the trailer was positive, with plenty of people saying how much they were looking forward to it.
One person joked that Weird Al had been able to stay 'more relevant than most of the songs that he has parodied' while another said the film was 'exactly what the world needs right now'.
Someone else praised Radcliffe for having 'made all the money he'd ever need by his early 20s' and now just picking projects he likes the sound of.
Announced earlier this year with Radcliffe in the leading role, the movie will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, though general audiences will have to wait a little bit longer than that to see it for themselves.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will be released on 4 November on the Roku Channel.
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