The Farrelly Brothers’ latest comedy, Hall Pass opens this week, but the highest-profile project on the siblings’ upcoming slate is very much that of a big-screen version of The Three Stooges.
Ever since it was announced that Three Stooges had moved from financially shaky MGM over to Fox, we’ve been waiting to hear some casting updates about who will play Stooges Moe, Larry and Curly when the film goes into production this spring.
This Three Stooges movie has had a pretty winding road to production. Over the course of the last year or so, acclaimed actors like Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Paul Giamatti and Jim Carrey have all been rumored for different roles in the Stooges’ lineup – more recently we heard names like Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and comedian Shane Jacobson mentioned in connection with the Stooges movie as well.
The Boston Herald says that the Farrellys have their collective eye on several new actors to portray the slapstick happy trio. Among those currently under consideration are Johnny Knoxville as Moe, Will Sasso (S**t My Dad Says) as Curly, and Justin Timberlake as Larry.
The filmmaking siblings have reportedly also reached out to movie star and The Simpson‘s voice actor Hank Azaria to play Moe, as well as their Kingspin star Woody Harrelson and Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David to play (appropriately) Larry. Apparently there are others in contention to play Curly, but Sasso is by far the best known of the lot.
Peter Farrelly debunked rumors that Knoxville was a lock to play one of the Stooges last month, but it’s not surprising to hear that the actor in still in the running – after all, his Jackass stunts are essentially the contemporary equivalent of 1930s era Stooges’ physical comedy. Sasso certainly has the looks to play Curly (not in a bad way, mind you), and Timberlake has surprisingly begun to establish himself as foremost a comedic actor. Here’s hoping moviegoers won’t be tired of him providing comic relief after seeing him in upcoming pics like Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
Given who they’re looking at to play the Three Stooges, it seems that the Farrellys are planning to portray the brothers as either under-40-year-old adults trapped in a strange form of arrested development (Knoxville, Sasso and Timberlake) or as slightly older gentlemen (Azaria, Harrelson or David, and presumably another actor getting on in the years) who have long been set in their anarchic ways.
Either approach could prove to be entertaining (or not), and the Farrelly Brothers are reportedly set to begin filming their Three Stooges movie in April, so we should hear some official casting news in the near future.
Who would you like to see play The Three Stooges?