Michael Winterbottom’s King Of Soho has found its queens in a trio of British actresses who’ve boarded the comedy drama about legendary porn publisher and club impresario Paul Raymond. Steve Coogan stars as Raymond, a modern King Midas who became one of Britan’s wealthiest men by building an empire of gentleman’s clubs, adult magazines and nude theaters. Known as the “King of Soho,” Raymond, natch, led a colorful personal life, too. Anna Friel (Limitless) will play his first wife, Tamsin Egerton (Chalet Girl) his glamour model girlfriend and Imogen Poots (Filth, Fright Night) will star as his beloved daughter. Coogan, a huge comedy star in the UK, is best known to US audiences for Winterbottom’s recent road movie The Trip as well as for roles in Tropic Thunder and the Night At The Museum movies. He also previously teamed with Winterbottom on 24 Hour Party People and Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story. King Of Soho was written by Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy, Control). Film4 developed and co-financed with Studiocanal co-financing. Studiocanal has UK distribution rights and is selling the film internationally. Melissa Parmenter is producing with Film4’s Katherine Butler and Studiocanal’s Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars exec producing. In a statement, 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.”
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