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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

Bobby

and

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

and

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.

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