Daniel Radcliffe has become Weird Al Yankovic in the trailer for the forthcoming biopic, and he’s done it perfectly complete with frizzy hair, moustache and glasses.
On Tuesday, the trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story was released, which was produced by Funny Or Die and Tango.
The film started production earlier this year, however, as of yet, there isn’t a release date – but it is set to stream on the Roku channel in autumn.
In the trailer, the 32-year-old Harry Potter star says dramatically of Yankovic’s famous instrument: ‘Anyone got an accordion?’
At another point, he can then be seen taking a swig from a bottle of liquid before he spits it into the air before he then quips: ‘What can I say? I’m full of surprises.’
A biopic, the film is billed to reveal the ‘untold true story’ of Yankovic as well as documenting his rise to fame with some of his earliest hits such as Eat It and the Madonna Like A Virgin spoof Like A Surgeon.
The film is also set to document Yankovic’s ‘torrid celebrity affairs and famously depraved lifestyle’, which, let’s be honest, sounds somewhat intriguing.
Yankovic, 62, co-wrote the script with Eric Appel, who is also directing and is best-know for shows such as Silicone Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and Son of Zorn.
The movie is billed to be more of a mockumentary, spoofing tropes that run rampant in self-important biopics.
Alongside Radcliffe, the film is also set to star Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Rainn Wilson as radio broadcaster Dr Demento, and Julianne Nicholson and Toby Huss as Yankovic’s parents, Mary and Nick.
Speaking about the role to The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe said: ‘Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and I’m honoured to finally share with the world the absolutely 100% unassailably true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life.’
Speaking ahead of the film’s release in January, Yankovic said: ‘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.’
He added: ‘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.’
Yankovic is a five-time Grammy winner and also wrote the first-ever comedy album in history to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The quirky star is best known for his trademark Aloha shirts and frizzy hair, which, he insists isn’t a perm, and that he ‘shampoos and conditions’ in order to keep it in order.
His signature is to make a pun-like play on other stars’ biggest hits, including White and Nerdy (which riffs on Ridin’ by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone) Another One Rides The Bus (that’s Another One Bites The Dust by Queen), Smells Like Nirvana (you can probably guess, Smells Like Teen Spirit), and Trapped In The Drive-Thru (a parody of Trapped In The Closet by R Kelly).
Elsewhere, Radcliffe has recently starred in The Lost City, in which he took on the role of iconic villain and eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax.
In the flick, which was billed as ‘unexpected and brilliant’ Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock, and Brad Pitt also took lead roles.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will stream on Roku in the autumn.