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Trailer for Daniel Radcliffe's Weird Al Yankovic film takes the piss out of all music biopics

“I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember [Daniel Radcliffe] for” - Weird Al Yankovic.
30 August 2022 3:35PM

The most famous parody musician of all time, Weird Al Yankovic, has a biopic movie on the way and judging from the brand new trailer, it’s going to be exactly what you expect from an Al Yankovic movie: an absolute piss take. 

Daniel Radcliffe stars as the five-time Grammy winner - yeah, Weird Al Yankovic has five Grammys - in the film, titled ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’.

Take a look at the trailer below and tell me that it doesn’t look like they’re making fun of every musical biopic ever made. 

There’s the creepy agent (played by Rainn Wilson from 'The Office') looking to make a buck off the artist; there are the doubters and non-believers; there’s the moment the artist realises their dream (when Radcliffe sings ‘My Bologna); and, of course, the fall from grace ushered in by drugs and alcohol (and Madonna).

Radcliffe and the filmmakers look like they’ll be taking the mickey out of all of them.

God, this looks good. 

Statements and interviews Yankovic and Radcliffe have given just reek of sarcasm and piss-taking, cementing that the film will be a parody. 

“When my last movie ‘UHF’ came out in 1989,” Yankovic said in a press release. “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,” he continued. “I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”

Radcliffe talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the privilege that comes with playing Weird Al. 

“Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” he said. “I’m honoured to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life.”

‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ comes out on November 4th on a streaming service called ‘Roku’, but we are praying that it gets to NZ somehow because it looks like a belter.