Things are about to get weird. Daniel Radcliffe will play Bizarre Al Yankovic in an upcoming biopic about the musician and comedian.
Yankovic, 62, wrote the screenplay for Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic, which will be available exclusively on The Roku Channel. the official movie description humorously notes that he “won’t hold anything back” as he recounts the Grammy winner’s life “from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his steamy love affairs with celebrities and his depraved lifestyle”.
the UHF The star also praised Radcliffe, 33, in a statement about his casting released on Tuesday, January 18. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have Daniel Radcliffe portray me in the film,” Yankovic said. “I have no doubt that this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
Over the years, the Harry Potter alum has previously shown off his musical prowess on late-night talk shows, including rapping “Alphabet Aerobics” during an October 2014 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2011, Radcliffe starred as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which required months of singing and dancing lessons in preparation.
“I was going, ‘OK, yeah, I’m going to do dance lessons, okay. But you’re swimming against the tide here,” Radcliffe said. The New York Times in March 2011 about embarking on her year-long dance training ahead of opening night. While he wasn’t confident at the time about his ability to master the choreography, Radcliffe told the outlet that he hoped his passion would make up for it.
“If you’re enthusiastic enough about things — even if you’re not good at it — your enthusiasm will get you to the point where people will allow you to do it enough that you become good at it,” Radcliffe said. .
The Miracle Workers star has been open about his quest to find roles that set him apart from The Boy Who Lived since the end of the Potter movies in 2017.”[I wanted] to show people that [I’m] not just Harry Potter,” he said Squire in March 2020. “It fit well with the ambition of wanting to play a wide variety of roles, which has always been something that I’ve admired in the careers of other people who have jumped from genre to genre and done this that they love.”
Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovic does not yet have a release date. Radcliffe can next be seen in The lost city, which hits theaters on March 25.