‘Stan & Ollie’ first look: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star as Laurel and Hardy

The first official photo of John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan in costume as Laurel and Hardy has been unveiled.

Stan & Ollie follows the world’s favorite comedy double act, Laurel & Hardy, as they embark on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953.

The biopic’s screenplay is written by the Oscar-nominated writer of Philomena, Jeff Pope.

The movie will premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in October ahead of its arrival in UK cinemas on 11th January 2019. A release in the USA has not yet been confirmed.

A delightfully simple poster has also been unveiled:

The official synopsis for Stan & Ollie reads: “Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, [Laurel & Hardy] face an uncertain future.

“Despite the pressure of a hectic schedule, 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 love for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public. 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.”