Daniel Radcliffe to play ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

In a biopic from “Die Hart” helmer Eric Appel

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Prolific musician “Weird Al” Yankovic is getting a biopic from “Die Hart” and “Son of Zorn” director Eric Appel.

“Harry Potter” alum Daniel Radcliffe will play the “Like a Surgeon” and “Eat It” singer in “Weird : The Al Yankovic” story”, a movie that’ll chronicle the life and career of a “gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time”, says THR.

Yankovic and Appel penned the screenplay, which Funny or Die and Tango are producing the feature.

The film, exclusively available on the Roku Channel, will lense in L.A this Feb.

“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,” said Yankovic. “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.”

Added Appel: “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.”

“There clearly aren’t enough biopic movies about famous musicians, and we were excited to shine a light on the incredibly true, unexaggerated story of Weird Al,” said Colin Davis, Roku’s head of original scripted programming. “This is sincerely the ultimate combination of talent, creativity and friends, coming together to make something genuinely funny, and we could not be prouder to call this film a Roku Original.”

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