Evan Rachel Wood has been cast as Madonna in the biopic “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Filming began on Weird: The Al Yankovic Story last month, with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe playing the comedic parody singer. Her co-stars were kept under wraps until Wednesday, when officials from The Roku Channel released a first-look photo of the Westworld star in legendary pop star costume.
In the image, Wood can be seen channeling 80s Madonna and sporting a look reminiscent of Madonna’s role in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.
Sharing the film still on Instagram, the actress wrote, “The secret is out! I’m having WAY TOO much fun playing the iconic Madonna in @therokuchannel’s WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story with Daniel Radcliffe.”
On her Instagram Stories, Wood also shared a selfie of herself standing in front of her trailer, which goes by the name “Madonna,” and a photo of her chair on set.
Yankovic notably parodied Madonna’s hit Like a Virgin with his track Like a Surgeon, which he produced in 1985 with her blessing. The following year, he created a fake interview with the pop superstar by cutting old footage from Madonna’s interviews with his nonsensical questions.
More cast members were also announced on Wednesday. The Office’s Rainn Wilson plays comedic radio DJ Dr. Demento, while Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson were cast as Yankovic’s parents, Nick and Mary.
Sharing the news on social media, Yankovic wrote, “It’s SHOOT DAY #14 folks and NOW WE CAN SAY IT: Daniel Radcliffe’s co-stars in #WEIRDTheAlYankovicStory will be Evan Rachel Wood, @rainnwilson, @tobyhuss and Julianne Nicholson!”
Bizarre: The Story of Al Yankovic was written by Yankovic and the film’s director Eric Appel.