The Cast Of The Movie Weird Al Yankovic Vs. The Real People They Play
Daniel Radcliffe will play Weird Al Yankovic, the famous parody artist and focal point of the film.
Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic is a comedian and singer best known for his parodies of songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna or “Bad” by Michael Jackson, as well as his signature accordion.
The Roku film will explore Yankovic’s life, from childhood, through his early career, to musical legend.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have Daniel Radcliffe portray me in this film,” Yankovic said in a press release. “I have no doubt this is the role that future generations will remember him for.”
“Wearing the Hawaiian Shirt is a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly, and I am honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100% true story of Weird Al’s depraved and scandalous life,” Radcliffe said. in a press release.
Rainn Wilson will play Dr. Demento, the radio show host who helped propel Yankovic to stardom.
The Dr. Demento radio show, whose real name is Barret Hansen, has been credited with putting Yankovic in the national spotlight. NPR reported in 2010 that at age 16, Yankovic sent a tape of songs to Dr. Demento, who then played them on his show.
“I think without ‘The Dr. Demento Show,’ the likelihood is high that Alfred Yankovic would be a professional architect today,” Hansen told NPR.
Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” will play the radio host on “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”
Toby Huss will play Nick Yankovic, Weird Al’s father.
Nick Yankovic, Al’s father, has appeared in a number of his son’s videos over the years, including “Amish Paradise.” He also appeared in several episodes of “The Weird Al Show” from the late 90s.
He and his wife Mary died in 2004 of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Associated Press reported that year, with authorities saying a wood fire had been lit in the fireplace and the house was full. smoke when they arrive.
Al uploaded photos of himself growing up and with his parents to his website.
Julianne Nicholson will play Mary Yankovic, Weird Al’s mother.
Mary Yankovic has also appeared in a number of her son’s productions, including ‘The Weird Al Show’ and songs like ‘Amish Paradise’ and ‘I Lost on Jeopardy’. She also died in 2004 alongside her husband from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In a statement at the time, Al asked people to buy carbon monoxide detectors for their own homes and those of their loved ones. He also wrote that he would continue his tour at the time.
“Standing on stage in front of thousands of supportive fans is a cathartic and somewhat therapeutic experience for me right now,” he wrote in the statement.
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” will be released on The Roku Channel this fall.
Check out the first trailer for the film below.