A “Weird” Al Yankovich biopic? In this economy? It sounds like the sort of thing would only appeal to a few, select die-hard fans and yet — and yet — everything we’ve seen so far has us cautiously intrigued. First of all, there’s the pitch itself, which seems as self-aware and winky as you’d hope a movie called Weird: The Al Yankovich Story would be.
Second, the very appealing cast, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as “Weird” Al, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna and Rainn Wilson as Dr. Demento. Now, we’ve got a new casting announcement, and it’s a good one. Abbott Elementary star and creator Quinta Bunson has joined as Oprah herself. That’s the sort of note-perfect, surefire filmmaking Hollywood isn’t seeing enough of these days.
Brunson, who just became the first woman of color to get nominated for not one, not two but three — count ’em — three comedy nominations in the same year at the Emmy Awards, shared a pic of herself in full Winfrey regalia.
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) July 19, 2022
So, you know what? Maybe this movie will end up attracting a bigger audience after all! That is, if they can find it. It’s reportedly headed for Roku streaming service later this year. Good luck, “Weird” Al fans!