Coogan will portray Laurel, while Chicago star Reilly will take on Hardy in Stan & Ollie, a film which will chronicle the duo's 1953 British tour.

The movie will be directed by Jon S. Baird and will reunite Coogan with screenwriter Jeff Pope, who penned the script for the funnyman's 2013 movie Philomena.

"Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy and I'm therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen," Baird says.

American funnyman Hardy and British-born Laurel became an unlikely double act in the early 1920s after teaming up for silent movie The Lucky Dog. Their first official film together was 1926's 45 Minutes from Hollywood, followed by Sugar Daddies a year later.

Director Hal Roach helped turn Laurel & Hardy into comedy icons thanks to beloved 1930s movies like Way Out West, Babes in Toyland and Block-Heads.