Watch the Full, Impossibly Ridiculous Trailer for ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,’ on Roku Channel 11/4

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In hindsight, we really should have seen this coming. How could there be a “Weird Al” Yankovic biopic that wasn’t itself a parody?

When word first broke earlier this year about Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, a new film purporting itself to be the definitive biopic about the music/pop culture parodist/icon, it was intriguing. Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame as Yankovic? Evan Rachel Wood (of Westworld) as Madonna? What?!

Turns out, this film will itself work as a sendup of uber-dramatic biopics of the type we’ve become accustomed to over the years. On Monday, the film’s first official, extended (read: not teaser) trailer arrived, and it looks pretty incredible:

Radcliffe is clearly game for this silliness, and it’s especially amusing that his singing voice is provided by Yankovic’s — for authenticity’s sake, no doubt.

Weird: The Al Yankovic story will debut on the Roku Channel on Nov. 4.

Eagle-eyed Al aficionados noted that the title for this new film is the same as the fake movie previewed in a 2010 trailer, a production from Funny or Die, Eric Appel and Yankovic starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Yankovic in a gritty and amusingly dramatic sendup of a totally serious Weird Al movie.

Production began ahead of Yankovic’s massive The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, which has been going on for a while.

Said Yankovic in a statement about this new film: “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. 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.”

And 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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