Sean Penn close to inking deal to star in ‘Three Stooges’
This Just In: Hollywood heavy Sean Penn, who dropped out of the Farrelly Brothers’ “Three Stooges” movie during the bust-up of his marriage, is back on board to play middle Stooge Larry, Bobby Farrelly told the Track .
Penn took a Tinseltown time-out back in June when he announced he was forgoing future film projects to focus on his family as his marriage to Robin Wright Penn went down the tubes. Penn’s move sank the Farrelly Brothers’ hopes to get the long-awaited Stooges flick off the ground in 2009.
“We got him back,” Bobby Farrelly told the Track. “He always said he wanted to do it after, you know, taking care of his family.”
Allegedly, the Rhode Island-bred bros wanted to replace Penn with Paul Giamatti, but that didn’t pan out. So with their August shoot for “Stooges” DOA, Bobby and brother Peter turned their attention to another project – the lower-budget “Hall Pass,” a comedy starring Owen Wilson .
The funny flick is about a ho-hum hubby whose wife, looking to spice up their sex life, gives him a “pass” to play the field for a week. Hilarity ensues.
“Hall Pass” starts shooting in Atlanta next month. And word out of the southern city is that Bobby and Peter were checking out sites for the “Stooges” shoot while scouting locations in Hotlanta for “Hall Pass,”
Now that they have their Larry back and Benicio Del Toro is still interested in playing Moe, Curly still needs to be cast. There was word, way back when, that Jim Carrey was interested. But Bobby claims otherwise.
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk . . .