Al Yankovic Story Biopic to Get Global Distribution as Roku Partners with Village Roadshow | Pretty Reel

Although Weird: The Al Yankovic Story already aired on The Roku Channel earlier this month for audiences in the US, UK, Canada and Mexico, it is not yet available for Weird Al fans elsewhere. That’s why Roku decided to partner with Village Roadshow to release the film internationally, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Since The Roku Channel is only available in the countries mentioned above, another distributor has to relay the film worldwide through TV, streaming, and home entertainment.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as “Weird” Al Yankovic, the singer-songwriter known for his parodies of popular songs, such as “Eat It” (a humorous version of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”) ) and “Amish Paradise” (which parodies “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio and LV). Although it is a biopic itself, it is also a satire of biopics, as the film is only very loosely based on Yankovic’s life. That’s good: a parody film based on a parody artist.

Roku Originals head David Eilenberg said “the film had the largest opening weekend audience in The Roku Channel’s history”, deciding the film was popular enough to be released globally. entire. Jason Buckley, Executive Vice President of Village Roadshow, agrees: “We know global audiences will be just as eager to see it as viewers in North America and the UK. We are thrilled to partner with the Roku team again. »

Fans outside of The Roku Channel market have been patiently waiting for the biopic to come to their country. When asked how to watch the film by an Australian fan, Al Yankovic tweeted, “Roku is working on it,” before hinting at potentially unscrupulous ways to watch the film.

North American and UK viewers can already watch Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

The Roku Channel

If you live in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or Mexico, you can watch Bizarre: The Story of Al Yankovic with a Roku TV or Roku player. The film opened to positive reviews praising its humor and the performance of Radcliffe, who feared he was not the right candidate for the role until the script was read. He initially felt like he didn’t look enough like Yankovic to portray him, but later said, “that was a very easy yes” after realizing the movie wasn’t supposed to portray a perfectly accurate version of Yankovic’s life, but rather a parody of it.

The film was directed by Eric Appel, in his first attempt at directing a feature film. The screenplay was written by Appel and Al Yankovic, with Daniel Radcliffe portraying the title character. Evan Rachel Wood stars alongside Radcliffe as Madonna, while other co-stars include Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Arturo Castro and Julianne Nicholson. The film has been available on The Roku Channel since November 4, following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8. The exact international release date has yet to be confirmed.

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