Poster Revealed for ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Premiering on the Roku Channel 11/4

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On Nov. 4, The Roku Channel will premiere Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the official “biopic” of parody musician/cultural icon, “Weird Al” Yankovic.

The gritty, stylized send-up of Yankovic’s career, which has spanned decades and earned him a legion of adoring fans the world over, looks especially … well, weird, which is entirely by design. And, judging by the official trailer that debuted in early May, Daniel Radcliffe has moved beyond his boyhood ambitions of being a wizard and is fully committed to bringing the Weird Al saga to the movie screen:

Here’s the fittingly epic movie poster, which was shared to the masses on Wednesday:

As production for the film progressed, Yankovic shared a bunch of updates to social media, among them announcements of some of the cast, which includes Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office), Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson and Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna:

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. The new Weird: The Al Yankovic Story film will stream exclusively on the Roku Channel.

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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