‘Three Stooges’ Casting Shortlist Includes Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

larry fine curly moe howard Three Stooges Casting Shortlist Includes Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg

Eye-gouging, hair pulling, slapping, insults and nose-thwacking – all of that should have already occurred in the Farrelly Brothers The Three Stooges big-screen adaptation, but since MGM’s bankruptcy troubles over the past year, fans of the “wize guys” have heard nothing but disappointing news as the project has floundered in production limbo.

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view) 20th Century Fox bought the rights to The Three Stooges movie from MGM and it looks like film is finally making some headway.

After Fox took over, the actors originally attached to the project – Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey as Moe and Curly, Sean Pean and then Paul Giamatti as Larry – all pulled their names out of the Stooges hat, leaving all three titular roles vacant.

Production on Three Stooges is supposed to begin in a couple of months and The Wrap is reporting that the Farrelly’s have a shortlist of potential candidates to play Moe, Larry Curly. According to them, Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, SNL regular Andy Samberg and Australian comedian Shane Jacobson are all on bubble to play Moe, Larry and Curly respectively.

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Knoxville was great in the Farrelly Brothers movie The Ringer and can usually hold his own when it comes to acting (the horrible Dukes of Hazzard remake notwithstanding) so he should do fine as Moe. Shane Jacobson is a dark horse choice as Curly because he is mostly unknown to American audiences but after watching some of his standup I think he would do just fine – he certainly has the build for it.

My only real reservation is with the possible casting of Andy Samberg. He’s completely brilliant when it comes to doing sketch comedy and his Lonely Island digital shorts are some of the best stuff SNL has put out in the past 15 years. That being said, the only movie he’s tried to carry as a lead was Hot Rod and whether it was the director or script writer’s  fault, Samberg was an out-of-place ham and I fear he would be the same way in The Three Stooges.

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Much like the original shorts, The Three Stooges will be divided into three twenty-seven minute segments and should be rated a very family friendly PG. Below is what we know about the story for the film so far:

The trio are dumped out as newborns at the door of an orphanage…and follows them to adulthood and is very much in the spirit of the original shorts, in which the blue collar bumblers got the best of the wealthy society matrons that tried to exploit them.

The Farrelly Brothers have put forth several great comedies in the past decade. Even though Stuck on You got a lump of coal from me this past Christmas, I’m sure they will do what it takes to make The Three Stooges a great film that honors the original intent behind the characters created by Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine.

The Three Stooges is set to release sometime in 2012.

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Source: The Wrap

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  1. Jim Carey would’ve nailed it *sigh*

  2. NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Please don’t let them make this. It’l be worse than Cedric’s “Honeymooners.” Lawd please don’t let them besmirtch my Stooges.

    • If the cast was Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans and Cedric as Moe, Larry and Curly, then yes it’ll be worse than “Honeymooners.”

  3. Wow. This project went from cool to fool in no time. The original cast was exciting. This cast? Don’t hold out much hope. Johnny Knoxville was great in The Ringer?! I want some o what you got…

    • I know that’s not a widely held opinion but I really enjoyed The Ringer and Knoxville’s performance in it. The movie did a really good job of not poking fun of people who compete in the Special Olympics (like a lot of other Hollywood comedies). I found it to be a heartwarming and well done film…but again just my opinion. I realize I’m probably in the minority :)

      • I’m all for Knoxville, not so much for the other guy, he isn’t even funny

      • It was definitely a heartwarming film. I enjoyed it from the start when I saw it in theaters. I was happy that they weren’t making fun of them, which made the film better. I was entertained and laughed a lot. I’m in the same minority as you are :) *Stavi wave*

  4. With both of those guys listed as the shortlist, means I wont see it. Horrible.

  5. Well, I’m out. Also, am I the only one who just wants to punch Knoxville and the rest of the cast of Jackass for being a bunch of morons? How that show is popular is beyond me. Then again, people do like crap like JERSEY SHORE.

    • I cannot agree more

    • It’ll be the death of me when a Jersey Shore member is cast in a movie.

      • Well, the next time they make another WILLY WONKA film they can use Snooki. She can add some eye candy as she’s the sexiest Oooompa Looompa I’ve ever seen lol.

        • Little Monster,

          ACK! No!



        • lol Snookie Monster

        • Maybe in the horror version of “Willy Wonka”….

        • Did you just use “Snookie” and “sexy” in the same sentence????

  6. Nothing will ever compare or even come close to the original stooges just for the simple fact that they worked together for soooo long, it was like second nature to them. I like the cast(I agree Paul I also liked Knoxville in The Ringer) but some things should just be left alone.

  7. I like Knoxville, but not in a role like this. And a big NO to the other 2. This is nuts. How the hell do they go from Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Paul Giamatti to these 3?!

  8. pass

  9. Okay..okay…I’ll wake up any minute and this won’t be true.

  10. Let’s get classy. Robert Deniro as Moe. He can scrunch up his face just the way Moe use to. Al Pacino as Larry and Joe Pesci with a shaved head as curly. I could hear that high pitched voice going woo woo woo now.

    The plot fits perfectly. They are orphans who grow up in the Bronx and become bumbling mafiosi. Imagine them trying to wrap a fish and deliver it as a “sleeping with the fishes message” and they keep smacking each other in the face with it. Or trying to saw the head off of a horse who kicks and bites them.

  11. nope, doesn’t look good…straight to vid

  12. Further proof that Hollywood’s talent seems to have drained away. Their new love with “re-make-itis” seems to have become a disease and needs to be purged from the minds of all the idiotic executives who are green lighting these doomed projects. The Three Stooges were for another time and I can only imagine them trying to update them to work in the 21st century. Makes me sick.

    Hollywood STOP desecrating our movie icons and do something NEW dammit.

  13. This reeks of desperation. They’ve been trying to make this movie for sooo long they’ll just take whoever the hell they can get at this point.

  14. This movie seems like a bad idea that was only redeemed by the weird prospect of seeing Del Toro and Penn actually starring in it. (Not really a Jim Carrey fan, though.) Now that it’s Knoxville and two guys I’ve never heard of, I’ll likely pass.

  15. That’s some of the best news I’ve ever heard. Or, Johnny Knoxville at least.

    What’s in it for Shemp, though? They better not snub him!

  16. I dont understand…I love the 3 Stooges but…why…this…oh well if they do horribly they do horribly

  17. I’m soo glad this was shot down.

  18. Can’t be replaced but…

    Robert de niro – moe
    Joe pesci – larry
    Chris farley – curly :(…

  19. i would like to see Paul Giamatti him to play larry fine please please

  20. i would like to see Robert de niro to play the part moe howard please please

  21. please please no no johnny Knoxville as moe howard and Andy Samberg no no larry fin please please

  22. is bubbles from trailor parks a possable for currly ?