What another fine mess Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have found themselves in: Starring in a biopic about silent film legends Laurel and Hardy for director Jon S. Baird. That’s right, Stan & Ollie sees the two modern actors stepping in to some pretty lofty shoes (and in Reilly’s case, some very big pants), and we’re growing more and more excited to check it out with each passing minute. You can expect plenty of slapstick and sadness here, as we’re prepped to watch this friendship get stretched to the limit over the course of this duo’s final tour.
Take a look for yourself, though you might want to turn the sound off for the OG experience:
Here’s a synopsis:
“The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the legendary movie icons, ‘Stan & Ollie’ is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) — a formidable double act in their own right — the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.”
No word on a potential U.S. release yet, though Indiewire says that the film was screened privately for distributors at TIFF this year where it was snatched up by Sony Pictures Classics. However, Stan & Ollie will have its release across the pond on January 11, so we’re assuming it’ll come out in the States around then.