The Al Yankovic Story: Cast, Plot, Release Date, and Everything Else We Know

BY ADAM BROWN

For years, fans have been captivated by the life and career of the world’s most famous comedic singer-songwriter. Now, they will soon have a chance to witness the story of the iconic “Weird Al” Yankovic brought to life on the big screen. A biopic directed by Eric Appel of the “Eat It” and “Amish Paradise” singer is officially in the works, titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

The film is an expansion of a 2010 Funny or Die short of the same name, which was also directed by Appel. It will be produced by Funny or Die and Roku, becoming Roku’s first original film. The original short starred Aaron Paul as Yankovic and parodied the conventions of other musical biopics. Audiences saw Yankovic’s childhood, rise to fame, and fall from grace, all of which were heavily overdramatized for comedy. Now, more than ten years later, that short is being expanded into a full-length film.

Cast: Who Will We See?
There are not many details surrounding who may appear in the film. However, we do know who will be portraying the iconic parody singer. The biopic will star Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Yankovic. Radcliffe is more than happy to take on the role, saying in a statement, “Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life.” Radcliffe is seen wearing Yankovic’s iconic glasses and Hawaiian shirt while playing the accordion in a first-look photo from the set.

Yankovic also responded to the casting, saying, “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.” At this time, Radcliffe is the only confirmed cast member appearing in the film.

Plot: What We Know
As it is very early in production, details surrounding the plot are still sparse. However, we do have some idea of what to expect from the film. Per the official description, “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”

Yankovic also added, “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. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule.”

While this is not enough plot information to give us any specifics, it does suggest that the film will tell the complete story of Yankovic’s life, including his early days and rise to fame. It is likely to overdramatize his life for comedy in the same vein as the original short.

The 2010 short can give audiences an idea of what to expect from this film. In the short, Yankovic was dubbed “weird” as a child for his love of polka music, which contrasted with his strict, traditional upbringing. He began performing and growing in popularity before drugs and alcohol brought him down. With names such as Olivia Wilde, Mary Steenburgen, Gary Cole, Patton Oswalt, and Aaron Paul attached, the short parodied many conventions of traditional biopics.

The film will likely parody the conventions of musical biopics, just as the 2010 short did, offering a comedic take on a genre that is typically more dramatic. With Yankovic attached as a writer, fans can likely expect the same level of campiness and comedy that they have come to know and love from Yankovic’s work. In any case, audiences will likely have to wait until an official trailer is released for more information and see if the film lives up to the hype. No matter your opinion on the performer, everyone should be able to agree that the movie definitely will be “weird.”

Release Date
The production is still in its early stages, so there is little information on a potential release date. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles sometime in February 2022. We do know that the film will not be shown in theaters, instead receiving a straight-to-streaming release on The Roku Channel sometime this year.

SOURCE: https://movieweb.com/weird-the-al-yankovic-story-everything-we-know/

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