Yankovic himself was the first one to “leak” the photo, tweeting it and the following caption a little after 2 p.m. today: “SHOOT DAY #8: it never fails – we’re trying to shoot a movie here, and this cosplayer weirdo tries to crash our set! Ugh! I mean, I love my fans, but… boundaries, people! Don’t worry, we had security throw him out. #WEIRDTheAlYankovicStory @TheRokuChannel.”
Eric Appel, director of the biopic, chose a simpler caption when he tweeted out the exact same photo less than two hours later: “First official photo! #WEIRDTheAlYankovicStory @TheRokuChannel.” Yankovic’s tweet has been out for less than half a day and already has over 4,000 likes at the time of writing. While Appel’s sister-tweet has significantly less traction on social media, all of the comments on both tweets are overwhelmingly positive. It’ll be interesting to see more set photos as filming continues — and it’ll be especially exciting to see how the final product turns out.