Daniel Radcliffe Is Unrecognizable as "Weird Al" Yankovic in Biopic Transformation

Daniel Radcliffe is playing "Weird Al" Yankovic in a biopic about the parody song master. See the first photos of the Harry Potter star in character as the musician and pop culture icon.

By Corinne Heller Feb 18, 2022 8:14 PMTags
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You're going to be stupefied by Daniel Radcliffe's recent transformation.

The Harry Potter alum was spotted dressed as "Weird Al" Yankovic —complete with long curly wig and mustache—on the set of the parody song master and pop culture icon's biopic in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 17. It marked the first time Radcliffe, 32, has been photographed in character since it was announced in January that he would be playing the music star, who rose to fame in the '80s with hits such as "Smells Like Nirvana," "Eat It," "Amish Paradise," "Fat," "White & Nerdy" and a variety of polka medleys.

Roku announced in January that the actor had been cast as the now-62-year-old Yankovic in WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, a Roku Original biopic written by Yankovic and Eric Appel, who will direct the feature.

"There are MANY reasons why I wanted to cast Daniel Radcliffe in my movie, but this is what really clinched the deal for me. (He's going to absolutely kill this,)" Yankovic tweeted in January, alongside a video of the actor singing musical humorist Tom Lehrer's fast-paced 1959 song "The Elements" on BBC's The Graham Norton Show in 2010.

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The biopic will explore every facet of Yankovic's life, from his musical career to his "torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle," Roku said in its statement. The project will be produced by Funny or Die and Tango and the film is set to stream exclusively on The Roku Channel. Filming began last week. No release date has been announced.

See the first photos of Radcliffe as Yankovic below:

Introducing Daniel Radcliffe as "Weird Al" Yankovic

In January 2022, it was announced that the Harry Potter star would play the parody song master in a biopic that will stream exclusively on the Roku Channel. In February, he was photographed as the music star for the first time, on the set of the film.

"I Think I'm a Clone Now"
"White & Nerdy"
"This Is the Life"
"Another One Rides the Bus"