Al Yankovic, the 62-year-old parodist known as Weird Al, is getting his own equally weird biopic this fall. The trailer for WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story gives a first look at the film, exploring the wacky world of Weird Al, his hilarious cover songs and his obsession with polka.
“WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story” premieres on The Roku Channel on November 4. The film is likely to be Roku’s biggest original film, with notable stars such as Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al, Rainn Wilson as Dr. Demento, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna and Quinta Brunson as Oprah Winfrey.
WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story will be an ambitious move for the streamer. The Roku Channel was eager to expand its original programming slate, and the upcoming Al Yankovic biopic is likely to be a hit for the free streaming service. Weird Al is a highly successful musician who has sold over 12 million albums and won five Grammy Awards.
When we look at Roku’s growth, the streaming service needs to pick up the pace if it wants to compete with the competition. The company reported lower-than-expected revenue growth from the platform in second trimester from 2022
Investing in more original content is certainly The Roku Channel’s best bet. Fifty-five percent of consumers crave original and unique titles, according to Fandom’s State of Streaming 2022 Report..