Why Evan Rachel Wood Is Worried About Playing Madonna In

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Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood is worried about playing Madonna in Roku’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood is worried about playing Madonna in Roku’s Weird: The Al Yankovic Story movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. For the past few years, the Emmy-nominated actress has garnered critical acclaim for her leading role as prime host Dolores Abernathy on HBO’s increasingly cerebral sci-fi series Westworld. At the end of season 3, Dolores sacrifices herself to destroy the super-computer Rehoboam. However, Wood will return in Westworld season 4, premiering June 26, as a mysterious new character, a writer named Christina.

Aside from Westworld, Wood has been branching out with various other roles in recent years. One of the most intriguing performances she has lined is as the pop icon Madonna in the Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Other than Wood, the Roku production stars the Harry Potter actor as the titular satirical singer, Rain Wilson as Dr. Demento, Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson as Al Yankovic’s parents, and James Preston Rogers as Hulk Hogan. The first look at Wood as Madonna revealed she will absolutely look the part in the upcoming Weird Al movie, though the actress remains worried about some aspects of her casting.

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During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Wood opened up about playing the pop icon. She even previewed her early 1980s Madonna voice, which was very “nasally” and “disarming,” as Wood describes it. However, her casting wasn’t cleared with Madonna beforehand, which the Westworld star is worried may put her on bad terms with the beloved singer. Read what Wood shared below:

I’m a little scared. I mean, it was like halfway through filming, and I just assumed – they’ve obviously cleared this with her. And then halfway through filming, I looked at them, I was like, “Yeah, so you guys obviously talked to Madonna. How’d it go?” And they were like… “We…” – I was like, “Oh, great. Now — great, thanks, guys. You just put me on bad terms with Madonna.”

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From director Eric Appel, Roku’s Weird Al movie seems to have been a bit of a rushed production, as it was filmed in just 18 days according to Radcliffe. Working on this tight schedule, it’s understandable why they might not have had time to reach out to Madonna and run Wood’s casting by her. On the other hand, Weird Al Yankovic himself has been heavily involved in the project as a co-writer and an executive producer. The history between Weird Al and Madonna goes back to 1986 when he parodied the pop star’s smash hit “Like a Virgin” with “Like a Surgeon,” the idea for the song allegedly coming directly from Madonna herself.

While the upcoming Madonna biopic starring Ozark‘s Julia Garner will provide more of a dramatic deep-dive into the pop star’s life, Wood’s Madonna will be appearing as a supporting character in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, which will be a comedy. Wood also won’t be singing in the movie, which alleviates a ton of pressure. Outside of Westworld, Wood has quietly been turning in strong performances in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and the Sundance hit Kajillionaire, so her upcoming turn as Madonna will likely be no different.

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Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

  • WEIRD: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic StoryRelease date: Jul 06, 2022

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