Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly To Play Famed Comedy Duo Laurel & Hardy



STAN & OLLIE has found its titular stars in and John C. Reilly. Penned by award-winning screenwriter , who previously worked with Coogan on Philomela, Stan & Ollie will focus on the highs and lows of the iconic Laurel & Hardy and their now-legendary 1953 tour. Coogan will play Stan Laurel opposite Reilly as Oliver Hardy.

Once the world’s favorite comedy double act, but now diminished by age and their golden era a distant memory, Laurel & Hardy set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Attendances are disappointingly low at the outset, but as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they are able to re-connect with legions of adoring fans, both old and new. The tour becomes a hit, but long buried ghosts and Oliver’s failing health start to threaten their partnership.

Jon S. Baird, who most recently helmed James MacAvoy-starrer Filth, is on board to direct. The film, developed by BBC , will be a and Sonesta , produced by Fable’s and exec produced by and , as well as BBC and Nichola Martin.

JCR-SCReilly, who co-starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Wreck-It Ralph, can next be heard in Illumination Entertainment’s Sing and will appear in Warner Bros,’ Kong: Skull Island. He is repped by and .

Coogan, repped by and , co-wrote and starred in Philomena. His recent films include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Minions and BAFTA award nominee Northern Soul. He can next be heard in Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets.


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