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.
Daniel Radcliffe grew up in the spotlight. He was Harry Potter after all! His childhood was filled with wizards, red carpets, screaming fans, and private planes.
He could have easily turned to drugs and alcohol like other childhood stars, but somehow, Radcliffe turned out to be incredibly normal. Since starring in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, the 32-year-old actor has mostly starred in unique indie films, save for his most recent movie ‘The Lost City’ — a blockbuster comedy starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock.
And now, after acting for the better part of his life, Radcliffe wants to direct. During the Empire Podcast, he revealed that he recently wrote a script and hopes to direct it within the next two years.
I’m hopefully going to direct. It will be in a couple of years’ time, because the next 18 months at least are pretty much accounted for already.
He did not reveal the genre of the script, but he did say it’s set in a world he’s been a part of for the last 20-plus years of his life.
People always say, ‘Write what you know’. I’ve had a very unrelatable life, so I don’t want to write that. But I have found a way of writing something that is kind of connected to the film industry, about that.
He also made it clear he wouldn’t be acting in the film. He wants to focus all of his attention on directing.
I would like to just direct, for two reasons – partly because I’ve never done it before, and I wouldn’t want to be thinking about both those things at the same time. But more practically, because when you direct a film, you have to watch that film a thousand times afterwards in the edit, and no part of me wants to watch my face that much. I’ll skip that.
Director Chris Columbus, who filmed the first two Harry Potter movies, got everyone excited recently when he told Variety that he was interested in bringing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint back to Hogwarts for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Cursed Child is a British two-part play written by Jack Thorne from a story he co-created with J.K. Rowling.
It’s set 19 years after the final ‘Harry Potter’ book and focuses on an adult Harry, who now works at the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Albus Severus Potter, who is attending Hogwarts for the first time.
Columbus was impressed with the play and has hopes of turning it into a movie, “It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It’s a small fantasy of mine,” he admitted to Variety.
This got a lot of Harry Potter fans really excited (including me!) but it looks like Daniel Radcliffe is not interested in returning to the franchise, at least not yet.
He told the New York Times recently that he has no plans to star in a potential ‘Harry Potter’ sequel anytime soon…
This isn’t the answer that anybody’s going to want, but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy the reunion because it’s not a part of my day-to-day life anymore. I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of ‘Potter’ okay and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life.
I’m never going to say never, but the ‘Star Wars’ guys had like 30, 40 years before they went back. For me, it’s only been 10.
So you know, it could be worse. He could have said never. Sounds like he just needs another 10 years or so. Ask him again in 2030!
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.
The upcoming romantic adventure drama ‘Lost City of D‘ just added to its already impressive cast.
According to a new report, Daniel Radcliffe has joined the project, and he will be playing a villainous role.
The Paramount flick stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum…
The story follows a reclusive romance novelist (Bullock) who was sure nothing could be worse than getting stuck on a book tour with her cover model (Tatum) until a kidnapping attempt sweeps them both into a cutthroat jungle adventure, proving life can be so much stranger, and more romantic, than any of her paperback fictions.
Patti Harrison and Da’Vine Joy Randolph will co-star in the movie, which is being directed by Adam and Aaron Nee.
Last we heard, it’s scheduled to be released inside theaters on April 15, 2022, so you still have a solid year of waiting.
In the meantime, you can catch Daniel Radcliffe in the 2020 thriller/drama, Escape From Pretoria.
But just be warned, he ain’t Harry Potter no more.
Daniel Radcliffe seems like he escaped the child star curse. As a 29-year-old adult, he appears to be rather normal. He actually seems like a nice dude, which is rare for someone who became so famous so young.
But during a recent interview for Off Camera with Sam Jones, Radcliffe admitted he briefly turned to alcohol to deal with the fame.
“There is an awareness that I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel…again it could have largely been in my head but…you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.
Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.”
He said it took a few years (and attempts) to break the cycle. He didn’t enter rehab or anything. It never really reached THAT level, but it easily could have gone there if he hadn’t recognized the problem.
“When I think of the sort of chaos that I used to invite into my life, I’m really much happier now and I think there was some part of me that was like actors have to be like crazy, cool drunks. I have to live up to this weird image that I have in my head of what it is to be a famous actor or something.
Even at the lowest point, I still loved my job so much and I loved going to set and there was never a day where my own s–t would affect how I was on set.”
Phew. I’m so glad Harry Potter didn’t become an addict.
As an actor, Daniel Radcliffe’s career is made. He’s already earned millions from his work in the ‘Harry Potter‘ franchise, so any project he takes on now is one he truly believes in. It’s refreshing to see an actor take on roles simply because he/she wants to do them.
The 28-year-old actor’s next film, Jungle, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg‘s memoir of the same name. It follows the “Israeli backpacker in the 1980s as he ends up stranded in the Amazon jungle after an excursion goes terribly wrong, leaving him at the mercy of the wilderness.”
Radcliffe stars as Ghinsberg, and in the trailer, you can see him dealing with some truly terrifying scenarios inside the jungle. The movie has received mixed reviews from critics. Some critics were thrilled, while others felt like the film didn’t know what it was trying to be.
“Fronted by a committed Daniel Radcliffe sporting a bushy beard and creditable Israeli accent, this is a survival thriller without much in the way of you-know-what, and seems destined to land in the Amazonian bog into which films that satisfy neither grindhouse nor art house are sucked.”
Check out the trailer below. It will hit select theaters on October 20.
He has been a wizard, a man with horns growing from his head, a romantic lead, a farting corpse, and now Daniel Radcliffe is an FBI agent tasked with going undercover to take down a group of Neo-Nazis planning a terrorist attack.
The first trailer for Imperium looks intense. The thriller was written and directed by Daniel Ragussis. In addition to Radcliffe starring, you also have Toni Collette,Burn Gorman, Sam Trammell and Tracy Letts.
Even though we have seen Radcliffe take on an assortment of roles since Harry Potter, this one promises to be his most intense. This could be the movie that completely washes away his days as a wizard from our memory. We’re sure that’s not the reason he accepted this role, but we have to imagine it’s always in the back of his mind.
Imperium will be released in theaters and on demand August 19, 2016. You should give it a shot. Check out the synopsis and trailer below…
“Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy. Inspired by real events.”