STAN & OLLIE: Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly To Star In Laurel And Hardy Biopic
Well now, this is some inspired casting. Deadline is reporting that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have been cast in Jon S. Baird's Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie. The pair are to play the titular roles of one of the premiere comedic duo's from Hollywood's golden age.
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.
I really, really, like these choices. When you look at the collage above you can see how easily both the actors will resemble the duo. Yes anyone can be made up to look like someone but also, both Coogan and Reilly are not only incredible at bringing the funny but also have a firm grasp on the dramatic and have both proven themselves extremely capable of handling serious moments on film and in television.