The film sees Coogan taking on the role of Paul Raymond, the real-life ‘King of Soho’ who opened the UK’s first strip club, and became the wealthiest man in Britain.
We’ve recently seen Coogan surrounded by women in the UK quad poster, along with a handful of new images earlier in the week. And now StudioCanal have debuted The Look of Love’s first trailer, giving us a look at Coogan starring alongside some of the best names in the British film industry.
After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain’s richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre – provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure.
Raymond’s personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona – a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie was the true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire – until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain’s richest man and his fortune put at £1.5billion.
Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, and Tamsin Egerton star as the leading trio of Coogan’s women. And they’re all joined by Chris Addison, Stephen Fry, Dara O’Briain, James Lance, Shirley Henderson, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Simon Bird, Kieran O’Brien, Miles Jupp, Peter Wight, and Matthew Beard.
Winterbottom is directing from a script penned by Matt Greenhalgh (Control, Nowhere Boy).
The Look of Love will be opening in the UK on 26th April, which will see it opening a day after Marvel’s and Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. No word yet on a US release date, but IFC have the rights for its Stateside release, and will hopefully be putting it out a little later in the year.