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Daniel Radcliffe confirmed to play Weird Al Yankovic in new biopic

The Brit is gearing up to take on the life of the world's biggest selling comedy singer
The Brit is gearing up to take on the life of the world's biggest selling comedy singer   -   Copyright  Reuters and AP
By Shannon McDonagh  with Reuters and AP

Daniel Radcliffe has signed up to play comedy musician 'Weird Al' Yankovic in a movie biopic.

The 'Harry Potter' actor will play the singer, who is known for his humorous songs and parodies, in 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story', which has been written by Yankovic and the film's director Eric Appel.

The biopic is due to begin filming in Los Angeles next month.

"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," Yankovic joked in a statement.

"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."

32-year-old Radcliffe has kicked 2022 off with a great deal of success, having starred front and center of HBO's 'Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts', which aired on New Year's Day.

Fans can expect a film that 'holds nothing back'

Yankovic, who's won five Grammys, is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist ever. Some of his parody songs include 'Eat It' to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', 'Party in the CIA' to Miley Cyrus' 'Party in the USA' and 'Tacky' in the style of Pharrell's 'Happy'.

A representative for the film explained that it "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 and Appel produced a fake trailer for 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story', in which Aaron Paul played the musician, in collaboration with producers at Funny or Die in 2010.

Funny or Die executives are producing the film with Appel and filming is due to get underway in Los Angeles shortly.

Appel added, "When Weird Al first sat me down against my will and told me his life story, I didn't believe any of it, but I knew that we had to make a movie about it."

'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story' will stream exclusively on The Roku Channel - release date TBA.