The biopic genre is about to get real weird with the upcoming film, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
The movie was filmed last year in Los Angeles. News broke when people noticed Daniel Radcliffe walking around town sporting a frizzy-haired wig and a pretty epic mustache. The ‘Harry Potter‘ actor stars in this movie as “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Roku released the first teaser trailer for the film this week, and yes, it features an accordion.
The movie is billed as a ‘untold true story’ of Yankovic, documenting ‘Weird Al’s’ rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ — as well as his ‘torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.’ It’s really more of a scripted mockumentary, spoofing tropes that run rampant in self-important biopics.
Of course a Weird Al biopic would be a parody of the genre itself. Would he really have it any other way?
In addition to Radcliffe, this flick stars Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Julianne Nicholson and Toby Huss.
It’ll stream on the Roku Channel this fall, but no specific release date has been set as of yet. We’ll keep you posted.
Here’s some strange news for your Tuesday morning, Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to star as Weird Al Yankovic in an upcoming biopic, which is being produced by Roku. Yes, it’s a Roku original movie.
It’ll be Roku’s first original biopic and will be available to stream exclusively on the Roku Channel. In addition to Roku, the project is being produced by Funny or Die and Tango.
The official synopsis reads:
The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.
I’m not sure how I feel about watching Weird Al’s “torrid” celebrity love affairs, but hey, let’s test it out. I’m assuming that line was said in jest, though.
Yankovic co-wrote the script with Eric Appel, who is also set to direct the film. In a statement to the media, the 62-year-old singer-comedian had this to say…
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. 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.
Production on the film is set to begin in February in Los Angeles.
Tom Holland will be taking a break from Spider-Man to film an upcoming Fred Astaire biopic for Sony.
There were rumors of the 25-year-old actor landing the part, and he confirmed those rumors during a recent interview with AP. He confirmed that he will play the legendary actor/singer/dancer in the upcoming biopic.
But it’s all very fresh, “The script came in a week ago. I haven’t read it yet, they haven’t given it to me,” he revealed during the interview.
He did say that Oscar-nominated producer Amy Pascal has read the script, and she FaceTimed with him while he was taking a bath.
She FaceTimed me earlier. I was in the bath. And we had a lovely FaceTime, but I will be playing Fred Astaire.
The casting decision certainly makes sense. Not only is Holland a great actor, he’s also a surprisingly talented dancer. He took lessons when he was a kid.
And he showed off his skills during this insane performance on Lip Sync Battle...
Filmmaker Bill Pohlad is putting together a pretty great cast for his upcoming music drama, Dreamin’ Wild, about musicians Donnie and Joe Emerson.
Pohlad wrote the script for this film and will direct it as well. According to a new report from Variety, Zooey Deschanel, Casey Affleck and Walton Goggins will all have leading roles. They’ll be joined by Noah Jupe, Jack Dylan Grazer, Beau Bridges and Chris Messina.
Dreamin’ Wild tells the true story of the Emerson family and the tumult that followed the success of their self-recorded album, which went largely unnoticed until critics rediscovered it and fell in love decades later. Now, as an adult, Donnie is forced to confront the ghosts from the past and grapple with the emotional toll his dreams have taken on the family who supported him.
Affleck plays present day Donnie in the flick while Noah Jupe will portray him in his teenage years. Zooey will be playing Donnie’s wife, Nancy, and Goggins will play Joe Emmerson.
Filming has started in Washington. No word on when production is expected to end, but we’re assuming they’ll be going for another couple weeks.
Expect to see this released late 2022. We’ll keep you posted.
The upcoming biopic ‘What’s Going On‘ of iconic soul singer Marvin Gaye is moving forward in a big way.
It was just announced that Warner Bros has landed the rights to the film, which is being directed/produced by Allen Hughes, who is best known for directing Dead Presidents and Menace II Society with his brother, Albert.
Additionally. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are set to be involved as producers.
The studio acquired a script by poet-playwright Marcus Gardley (he wrote the musical The Color Purple for WB) and the singer’s estate and Motown are part of the deal so there will be rights to use all of Gaye’s signature songs. This finally will bring to the screen the singer’s story, after many previous attempts by different filmmakers stalled or fell short of the rights needed.
Safe to say, Hughes is ridiculously excited to direct this project. It’s a dream come true for him.
This is so personal for me. When I made my first film with my brother, we were fortunate to get ‘What’s Going On’ into the trailer for Menace 2 Society, and it was a game changer in elevating the marketing of that film. Every film of mine but the period film From Hell had some Marvin Gaye in it, and I’ve just always connected to him.
The budget for this flick is expected to be over $80 million, so he’ll have a lot of cash to play around with.
Now they just need to find their lead actor. You got any suggestions?
We’ve been telling you that Tiffany Haddish has made the transition from “that funny girl” to “oh wow, she can actually act!”
The 41-year-old actress started off by landing supporting roles in a handful of comedy films, and now after years of hard work, she’s landing serious movie roles.
It was announced this week that Haddish will star in an upcoming Florence Griffith Joyner biopic. Florence was perhaps best known by her nickname, Flo-Jo.
Haddish will play Flo-Jo, in a feature that tells the story of the Olympian’s remarkable life and untimely death, showcasing her historic feats, but also her enduring impact on the entire world of sports and in the communities that needed her help and inspiration the most.
Flo-Jo was a 3x Olympic Gold-winning track and field star, and Haddish has revealed she was one of her heroes growing up.
I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told. My goal with this film is making sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed.
Haddish will also produce the film. No word on when production is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted.
Who knows, Haddish could be looking at some awards for this performance.
Back in 2011, Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn. She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film.
And now, 10 years later, she’s ready to take on another entertainment icon.
It was just announced that Williams will play Peggy Lee in the upcoming biopic ‘Fever‘ from director Todd Haynes. MGM is in talks to back the film, with Marc Platt and Reese Witherspoon producing. Doug Wright is writing the screenplay.
And get this, Billie Eilish, is also trying to get on board as an executive producer. Eilish has cited Lee as an inspiration and admired her for her perfect songwriting structure.
Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1920, Peggy Lee is today likely best known for her sultry version of the song ‘Fever,’ which became a sensation after she recorded it in 1958. She began singing professionally at 16, and recorded her first number one hit, ‘Somebody Else Is Taking My Place,’ at 22.
Her career — including an Oscar-nominated performance in 1955’s ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ and several roles in the 1955 Disney animated feature ‘Lady and the Tramp’ — spanned into the 1990s. She died in 2002.
Haynes has tried to get this project made before. He was set to direct it back in 2014, and Witherspoon was attached to star, which probably explains why she’s a producer on this current project.
No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted.
A Ronald Regan biopic will be coming soon to a theater near you, and Dennis Quaid will be playing the former president.
The movie, which was directed by Sean McNamara, was adapted from conservative author Paul Kengor’s book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
It follows Reagan as a child, as a young man coming up in Hollywood (played by Wizards of Waverly Place alum David Henrie), and eventually as president, into the later years of his life. Reagan’s role as Screen Actors Guild president and the fight he led against Communism in the industry will also feature in the movie.
Entertainment Weekly talked to Quaid about being offered the role, and he admits that he was shocked at first.
I didn’t understand why they were offering me Ronald Reagan because I just didn’t see it. I admired him so much, and so I had a chill of fear go down my spine when I was offered it. That’s usually kind of a sign that maybe I should do it, because it’s out of my comfort zone.
Given that we’re in such a turbulent political climate, some people are worried about releasing a film like this right now, but the filmmakers promise that it’s not a partisan film.
The way the film is set up, it’s not Democrats-are-good, Republicans-are-bad or vice versa. it’s more about: There was totalitarianism in the world and Americans together helped to end that. My hope is that it’s a movie that doesn’t divide, but unifies.
We all know the Los Angeles Dodgers won the world series, but one of the biggest stars coming out of the playoffs was Tampa Bay Rays player Randy Arozarena.
The breakout star, who came from Cuba to fuel the Rays’ playoff run, has a truly inspiring story.
He escaped Cuba on a makeshift boat, landed in Mexico, and started a new life there before making his way to the U.S. and eventually, his major league debut in 2017. Arozarena currently holds the MLB record for most home runs in a single postseason with 10. In his rookie postseason, Arozarena broke Barry Bonds’ record for most home runs as well as Derek Jeter’s record for most hits by a rookie. He was also named MVP of the ALCS.
Now Hollywood wants to make a movie about his life. Wonderfilm Media is in development on the film. The script is being written by Brad Gann, who wrote the 2006 sports drama, Invincible.
No word on when this film might start casting, but we imagine the script is still in the very early stages of development, so don’t expect to see this film until at least 2022.
In the meantime, check out some highlights of Arozarena…
You may have heard reports saying Dave Franco was set to play Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic. For months, those reports were nothing more than rumors, but now we have official confirmation.
During an interview with Insider, Franco confirmed that he will be playing the rapper in the upcoming biopic, To The Extreme.
We have been in development for a while, but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction. With [‘The Disaster Artist’], people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of [‘The Room ‘director] Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well.
The script for this movie made The Black List in 2018, which is an annual survey of the most liked unproduced scripts of the year, voted on by studio and production company execs.
The description for the biopic reads:
From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts and selling out as he makes music history.
No word on when filming will begin on this project, due to the ongoing pandemic, but Franco is hopeful it’ll be soon.
In the meantime, he’s been talking to Mr. Ice on the phone a lot…
Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy, and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know. Just talking to him, I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.