Quinta Brunson Transforms Into Oprah in ‘Weird’ Al-Yankovic Movie Alongside Daniel Radcliffe

In the Roku extraordinary “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” Quinta Brunson unleashes her inner talk-show host to play Oprah Winfrey opposite Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the unkempt musical parody artist.

“The unexaggerated factual narrative about the greatest musician of our time” is how the film’s description describes it. This fall, the 108-minute movie “Weird” will debut on the free, ad-supported Roku Channel.

The newest cast member for “Weird” stars Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, Rainn Wilson as radio host Dr. Demento, and Julianne Nicholson and Toby Huss as Weird Al Yankovic’s parents, Mary and Nick, has just been revealed.

For ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” which she developed, executive produces, and stars in, Brunson recently made Primetime Emmy Awards history by receiving three nominations: for comedy series, lead actress in a comedy, and writing for a comedy series. At 32, she is the youngest Black woman nominated for an Emmy in the comedy acting category. She is also the first Black woman to receive three nominations in the comedy categories in a single year.

The film chronicles “Weird Al’s” ascent to popularity, including his “torrid celebrity love relationships and famously filthy lifestyle” as well as his early successes “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.”

The movie’s logline reads, “From a traditional childhood when playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his ambition of rewriting the lyrics to well-known songs come true.” Al, a sex symbol and instant success, leads an extravagant lifestyle and engages in a scandalous affair that almost destroys him.
Tango and Funny Or Die are the producers of “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” Yankovic and Eric Appel, who are also directing the movie, penned the script together.

Yankovic, a five-time Grammy winner, has sold the most comedy records of any comedian in history. “Mandatory Fun,” a 2014 album by the musician, made history as the first comedy album to enter No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Yankovic, who is well-known for his distinctive Hawaiian shirts, is the creator of many successful songs, such as “White & Nerdy,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” and “Smells Like Nirvana.”

When the project was first revealed in January, Yankovic stated, “When my last movie, ‘UHF,’ came out in 1989, I made a serious commitment to my fans that I would make a big motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork.”

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