Over two years after news broke that BBC was making a Laurel and Hardy movie, the project has finally landed its two stars. According to Deadline, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have signed on to star in Stan & Ollie, with Coogan playing Stan Laurel and Reilly onboard as Oliver Hardy. The script was written by Jeff Pope (Philomena), and Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth) will direct. Here’s more on the film from Deadline:
The film will focus on the now-legendary 1953 tour embarked on by the ageing duo. Once the world’s favourite 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. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new. The tour becomes a hit, but Laurel & Hardy can’t quite shake the spectre of Stan and Ollie’s past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.