Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to play Laurel and Hardy in new biopic
Alan Patridge's Steve Coogan and Guardians Of The Galaxy's John C. Reilly are to team up for a new biopic of legendary comedians Laurel and Hardy.
According to Deadline, the pair will team up for the biopic, which will be directed by Filth director Jon S. Baird and has a script from Jeff Pope, who previously worked with Coogan on the adaptation of Philomena.
The biopic will focus on the comedians' classic 1953 tour of Britain, which took place at a later stage in their careers and after their fame had dwindled, but with their friendship still as strong as ever.
Speaking about the announcement, Baird said: "Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I’m therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen."
Pope added: "Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound. I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs."
He continued: "They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings. The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”