Oscar winnerSean Penn
has signed on to playLarry Fine
in the big-screen comedy, “The Three Stooges,” being shepherded byBobby
andPeter Farrelly. Jim Carrey
is in negotiations to playCurly Howard
— a role for which he’d have to gain about 40 pounds — andBenicio del Toro
is reportedly being considered forMoe Howard.
The Farrelly brothers have been trying to get this movie made for more than a decade. Along the way, the brothers courtedGeorge Clooney
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.