The pieces are finally falling into place for the Farrely brothers long-gestating passion project, The Three Stooges. Recently, Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) signed on to the film to play Larry. Prior to that, we reported that Will Sasso ($#*! My Dad Says) was set to play Curly. Now, it looks like the Stooges may have found their leader.
According to Variety, the Farrely Brothers plan to add another TV actor to the film, asking Chris Diamantopoulos to join the cast as the perpetually disgruntled Moe. Diamantopoulos is best known for his role as Rob Weiss in Season Eight of the popular action series 24.
The Variety article states that Diamantopoulos screen-tested for the role and that an offer is expected, but that the deal isn’t in place yet. Assuming Diamantopoulos takes the role, The Three Stooges film can finally move forward after countless delays.
As previously reported, The Three Stooges will take a non-conventional narrative approach, consisting of three roughly 30-minute sections, similar to the Stooges’ original short films. Whether or not that’s something that modern movie audiences are interested in remains to be seen.
The Farrely brothers have faced many obstacles in their efforts to bring The Three Stooges to the big screen and have attracted quite a bit of attention to the project as a result. Actors as diverse as Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Paul Giamatti were allegedly interested in the film at various times, but passed for various reasons. Then there was the seemingly never-ending drama with MGM’s bankruptcy, which derailed a number of other films besides the Stooges.
At this point, I’m not sold on the idea that Hayes, Sasso, and Diamantopoulos are the right guys to turn this film into a must-see movie event, but perhaps I’m wrong. We can only wait and see what will happen, but in the meantime, what do you think of these three actors bringing the Stooges to life? Is this the kind of movie that you’d be interested in seeing, or has too much time passed for this project to be interesting?