Penn, Del Toro and Carrey are The Three Stooges

The Farrelly brothers find their leads

Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey are lining up to star as Larry Curly and Moe – better known as The Three Stooges for the Farrelly brothers and MGM.

Penn is apparently in place as Larry, while Jim Carrey is negotiating and considering an all-McDonald’s diet to gain 40 pounds for the role of Jerome “Curly” Howard.

Del Toro hasn’t locked down a deal yet, but MGM and the brothers are convinced he’s the man for Moe.

The Farrellys have been trying to get this thing moving for years – setting it up at Sony, Warners and now MGM, which has pushed to nab the rights to the team’s films and lives.

And it won’t be a biopic of the classic American entertainers, more a comedy built around their usual slapstick antics.

The aim is to start shooting early in the autumn for an unspecified 2010 release date.

[Source: Variety]

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