Winterbottom adds to Soho cast
by Naman Ramachandran
20/02/2012 - Steve Coogan (pictured) will appear as London pornography baron Paul Raymond in Michael Winterbottom’s dramedy King Of Soho. The film formerly had the working title Paul Raymond’s Wonderful World of Erotica.
Coogan’s co-stars will be Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots. Raymond accumulated some £1.5 billion from adult entertainment, nightclubs and London property investments. Coogan is a particular Winterbottom favourite, having worked with him on 24-Hour Party People, A Cock And Bull Story and The Trip [trailer].
Coogan said, “I’m very excited to be working with Michael Winterbottom again. Like 24 Hour Party People, we want to capture the life of an extraordinary man living in extraordinary times.”
Winterbottom said, “The King of Soho chronicles the colourful life and times of Paul Raymond, who began his career on stage as an end-of-the-pier mind-reader and ended his life the richest man in Britain. It’s the perfect role for Steve Coogan and it is great we have Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots playing the three most important women in his life.”
The film is being adapted by Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy [trailer]) from Paul Willet’s biography Members Only: The Life And Times Of Paul Raymond. It is a production between Winterbottom’s Revolution Films, Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions with development and co-financing from Film4 in association with Anton Capital Entertainment, S.C.A. and LipSync Productions. StudioCanal are co-financing too and will also handle international sales.