Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy formed one of the greatest comedy double acts in history, so BBC Films’ upcoming biopic Stan & Ollie required comedic actors with the right qualifications. EW has confirmed that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will star as the iconic duo in the film, directed by Jon S. Baird and penned by Philomena screenwriter Jeff Pope.
According to Deadline, which was first to report the news, the film will focus on Laurel & Hardy’s 1953 tour through Britain, as the aging comedians rediscover their chemistry and their fans in the face of old ghosts and new health problems.
“Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes,” Pope said, according to Deadline. “When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am 6 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 colored specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings.”
There is currently no release date set for Stan & Ollie.