People may not have known what to expect when Roku first announced that it had cast Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic in its upcoming biopic. Stranger: The Al Yankovic Story. But after the streamer’s inaugural initial performance this week and a new Weird trailer, there’s little doubt what kind of power director Eric Appel is looking for.
At one point in the 1989 Yankovic performance ultrahigh Frequency, Yankovic plays a parody of Sylvester Stallone Rocky character due to Stallone himself backing away from a planned cameo. To approximate Stallone’s physique for the film, Yankovic donned an oiled-up muscle suit that didn’t need to look as convincing as it did. Although WeirdThe trailer for does not mention ultrahigh frequency or Stallone by name, Radcliffe somehow manages to conjure up the idea of an amateur Yankovic the moment he removes his shirt onstage in front of a cheering crowd.
Weird was just one of many upcoming projects that Roku hyped during their early previews, where also announced Zoe Lister-Jones’ Slide and a new season The Great American Baking Show. Although Roku’s list of upcoming content makes it seem like the streamer is keeping its options open in terms of what kinds of movies and series it wants to be known for, its vision for OneView, its advertising platform, appears to be much more focused. According to the company, Roku’s OneView ad platform will soon offer retailers the option to pair purchasable ads with Roku Pay, the payment platform through which subscribers can currently purchase content.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story debuts on the Roku channel this fall.