John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan are portraying the legendary comedy duo of Laurel And Hardy in an upcoming biopic, Stan & Ollie. The film focuses on the duo’s final days as a duo on a variety farewell tour of Europe. How their relationship fractures, outside influences, and just growing tired of the act all begin to take hold at the end. Reilly portrays American Oliver Hardy in an extensive set of fat suit makeup while Coogan portrays the English man of Stan Laurel
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.
Stan & Ollie premieres at the BFI London Film Festival this Friday and opens wide in the U.K. and elsewhere on January 11th, 2019.