Daniel Radcliffe Stars in First Trailer for Weird Al Yankovic Biopic

The trailer teases “the true untold story” of the Al, who has been crafting parody tracks for decades, as the character promises he's "full of surprises."

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Things are about to get weird on the Roku Channel. 

The trailer for the Daniel Radcliffe-starring biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story dropped on Tuesday, featuring the Harry Potter alum decked out in the parody master’s signature ’80s curly hair, mustache, and Hawaiian shirts. 

The first look follows Radcliffe’s Weird Al pulling out an accordion onstage and strutting around to the classic Madonna parody “Like a Surgeon.” The clip teases “the true untold story” of the now-62-year-old musician, who has been crafting iconic parody tracks for decades, and ends with the character promising he’s “full of surprises.”

Weird will be produced by Funny or Die and Tango, and Yankovic co-wrote the script alongside director Eric Appel. No release date is set in stone yet. The film is set to touch on the “torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle” of Weird Al. From the way it’s presented in the trailer, this one is expected to be a scripted mockumentary of sorts, per Variety. 

“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,” Yankovic said when the flick was announced at the top of the year. “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. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”

Al has joked on Instagram recently, while sharing various videos of Radcliffe doing a press run for his new film The Lost City, that Dan’s inadvertently created a press tour for Weird—given just how many interviewers ask him about the biopic. 

“The Oscar buzz has already started,” he wrote. 

Check up the new trailer for the forthcoming Roku Channel offering up top.

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