Stan & Ollie: Steve Coogan and John C Reilly star as Laurel and Hardy (News)

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John C Reilly (left) and Steve Coogan as Laurel and Hardy

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John C Reilly (left) and Steve Coogan play comedy legends Laurel and Hardy

Understanding me Alan Partridge, realizing you Stan Laurel. Aha!

Steve Coogan has gone from taking part in the hapless Norfolk-based TV and radio host to taking part in one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in a brand new movie.

The primary photograph has been launched of Coogan as Laurel alongside Guardians of the Galaxy actor John C Reilly, who performs Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie.

The movie, which follows the pair on their farewell tour, will shut the BFI London Movie Pageant on 21 October.

That will probably be its world premiere, forward of its cinema launch subsequent January.

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Head of BBC Movies Christine Langan stated Coogan and Reilly had been “dream casting”

Laurel and Hardy earned their locations as all-time comedy greats by starring in additional than 100 movies collectively from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The movie is described as a “heart-warming story” that follows them on their “triumphant” remaining tour of UK and Eire in 1953.

It has been penned by Jeff Pope, who wrote 2013’s Oscar-nominated Philomena with Coogan.

Director Jon S Baird stated: “Stan & Ollie, at its coronary heart, is a love story between previous pals who simply occur to be two of probably the most iconic comedic characters in Hollywood’s historical past.”

The movie additionally will even star Nina Arianda and Shirley Henderson as Laurel and Hardy’s wives Ida and Lucille.

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