The highly-anticipated "Stan and Ollie" has been chosen as the closing film of the London Film Festival.
Old Hollywood biopic "Stan and Ollie" is set to be the talk of the town at the 62nd annual London Film Festival in October.
Jon S. Baird’s project, which stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, will be the focus of The Closing Night gala on October 21st at Cineworld, Leicester Square.
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"Stan and Ollie" profiles iconic comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. "Alan Partridge" star Coogan plays whip-thin Laurel, to Reilly's portly Hardy. The film follows the pairing as they embark on their chaotic farewell tour across Ireland and the UK during the 1950s with their wives Lucille and Ida (played respectively by Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda).
The film is set to be released for UK and Irish audiences in January 2019, but will likely premiere stateside before the year is up. Rumors of Oscar nominations are already circulating.
"Filth" director Baird told the Press Association, “I’m really proud to be able to give the film its world premiere in London, a city that’s so dear to myself and, I know, was to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy."
“Stan And Ollie, at its heart, is a love story between old friends, who just happen to be two of the most iconic comedic characters in Hollywood’s history. I’m really excited to have the closing night film and to bring the movie to a festival audience.”
London Film Festival's Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle added, “This beautiful tribute to cinema’s early comedy odd couple, Laurel & Hardy is a truly funny and touching story about a tender life-long friendship…is also exploring the twilight years of two mega-watt performers who had a meteoric rise to fame. These two prove that true comic timing is eternal.”