'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story' is currently being filmed!
UPDATE: "Weird Al" Yankovic has shared an official shot from production:
SHOOT DAY #8: It never fails - we’re trying to shoot a movie here, and this cosplayer weirdo tries to crash our set. Ugh! I mean, I love my fans, but… boundaries, people! Don’t worry, we had security throw him out. #WEIRDTheAlYankovicStory @TheRokuChannel pic.twitter.com/XdHZBlrsPM— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) February 22, 2022
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The internet had a field day last month when it was revealed that The Boy Who Lived, aka Daniel Radcliffe, had been cast as "Weird Al" Yankovic in an upcoming biopic on the artist, and fuel has just been added to that fire via new set pics.
Leaked photos from the set of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story have surfaced, showing Radcliffe’s transformation, and while many publications have dubbed him ‘unrecognisable’ in the role, others are pointing out he still looks very much the same, just with a fake moustache and wig on:
By 'unrecognisable' do you mean 'this is very clearly Daniel Radcliffe in a wig and fake moustache' pic.twitter.com/p5M3x4ORfr— Roisin O'Connor (@Roisin_OConnor) February 21, 2022
People Magazine: you’ll never guess who this is, idiot.— Gabe Mollica (@GabeMollica) February 21, 2022
Me: hey look, Daniel Radcliffe! pic.twitter.com/xLrPz3PItO
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story co-writer and director Eric Appel wasn’t too happy with the leak it seems:
Others are taking the opportunity to protest the film’s casting:
I like Daniel Radcliffe, but this role really should have gone to him pic.twitter.com/jtxpoG191s— Gunner Chris (@GunnerChrissss) February 19, 2022
The film will follow the career of the five-time Grammy-winning artist from his early hits such as Eat It and Like A Surgeon to his depraved lifestyle and celebrity love affairs.
The biopic, produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's company, Funny Or Die, will air exclusively on streaming service Roku and was written by Yankovic and Appel.
In a statement last month, Yankovic stated: "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.
"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.”
On being approached by Yankovic, Appel added: "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.”