Orignally published on 2022-01-18 17:20:16 by www.huffpost.com
Daniel Radcliffe is about to swap his magic wand for an accordion as he steps into the role of pop music’s most prolific parodist.
The “Harry Potter” actor has been tapped to play “Weird Al” Yankovic in an upcoming biopic for the Roku Channel. According to press notes, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” will explore “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.”
Director Eric Appel, whose credits includes episodes of “The New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” co-wrote the film’s script with Yankovic. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles next month, though no release date was announced.
The Roku Channel announced the project with a short video teaser early Tuesday.
Yankovic, meanwhile, shared the news in a short but succinct tweet.
And in a winking statement, the actor, singer and comedian said he was “absolutely thrilled” that Radcliffe had signed on to play him.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for,” he quipped.
Colin Davis, Roku’s head of original scripted programming, added that the streaming platform was “excited to shine a light on the incredibly true, unexaggerated story of Weird Al.”
“This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity, and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny,” he added, “and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original.”
A California native, Yankovic is a five-time Grammy winner and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. He rose to fame in the early 1980s when his parodies of Michael Jackson and Madonna hits made him a fixture on MTV.
In more recent years, Yankovic has playfully skewered songs by Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, often to the delight of the artists themselves. In 2014, his album “Mandatory Fun” became the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
As for Radcliffe, the actor is set to return to the big screen this spring in “The Lost City,” which co-stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.