Spicoli’s a stooge. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

Oscar winner

Sean Penn

has signed on to play

Larry Fine

in the big-screen comedy, “The Three Stooges,” being shepherded by



Peter Farrelly. Jim Carrey

is in negotiations to play

Curly Howard

— a role for which he’d have to gain about 40 pounds — and

Benicio del Toro

is reportedly being considered for

Moe Howard.

The Farrelly brothers have been trying to get this movie made for more than a decade. Along the way, the brothers courted

George Clooney


Russell Crowe


Jeff Daniels


Larry David

for parts.

Johnny Depp

was also reportedly in the running for Moe. (He could just use his Willie Wonka wig.)

The film will be a comedy, not a biopic, inspired by the Stooges’ MGM shorts from the ‘30s. Production begins this fall for a 2010 release.