Will Sasso Locked As Curly In ‘The Three Stooges’; More Casting Rumors

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

It was announced just a few days ago that Will Sasso had emerged as a front runner to portray any one of The Three Stooges in Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s upcoming feature-length project. The comedic actor has long seemed an obvious choice to play Curley – simply because, well, he’s virtually identical in appearance to original star Jerome Howard.

Sasso is now officially signed on as the knuckle-brain Curly in Three Stooges, which will reportedly have completed its long-running casting process by the end of this week.

Deadline lists Hank Azaria (whose involvement has been rumored in the past) as the current front-runner to play Moe, the short-tempered leader of the Stooges – and the fellow prone to dishing out punishment to his comrades in the form of eye pokes and slaps. Azaria is arguably best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but he has both the looks and vocal mannerisms to play an entertaining Moe as well.

The role of simple-minded Larry could apparently go to that of X-Men star James Marsden. While the image of Marsden’s solemn Cyclops likely comes to mind first for most moviegoers, the actor has also gotten to show off his humorous side before, in pics like Disney’s Enchanted – and based off his fully committed turn as the noble but oblivious Prince Charming archetype in that movie, I’d say Marsden as Larry could be good fun as well.

James Marsden as Prince Edward in Enchanted Will Sasso Locked As Curly In The Three Stooges; More Casting Rumors

James Marsden in 'Enchanted'.

A Three Stooges movie from the Farrelly Brothers has been in the works for years now, and managed to be resurrected following the approval of MGM’s bankruptcy. While the directing duo have never actually made anything but crude and raunchy comedies before, Three Stooges is being designed as a PG-Rated laughfest that will feature classic Stooges physical comedy and music. The film will even be structured as a collection of three half-hour shorts, similar to the original Stooges features.

Here’s how the Farrellys describe their Three Stooges:

“There will be non-stop slapping, more in the tone of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ than anything else we’ve done. Our goal is 85 minutes of laughs in a film that will be very respectful of who the Stooges were. It’s by far the riskiest project we’ve ever done, without question, but it is also the one closest to our hearts.”

Between that description and the potential/actual casting decisions so far, does The Three Stooges sound like something worth checking out?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sasso is a solid choice. I’m very curious as to how they’ll keep this funny though for today’s audiences.

  2. Bah, I just don’t find him funny, more annoying to me actually.

  3. I think he’s a pretty good choice.Better than Michael Chiklis in the TV movie that was done a few years back. He looks a lot taller than Curly though, wonder how they’ll deal with that.

  4. good choice! I like it

  5. I love the Stooges. Cautiously optimistic about this, though. I was kind of hoping they would one up that TV movie and do a group biopic.

  6. Good choice with Sasso, always loved his Mad TV skits. Cannot see James Marsden as Larry, I think that just has miscast written all over it.

    • I agree with that, he just seems like a weird choice to play Larry.

      I actually think Rob Schneider would make a pretty good Larry…

      • Rob Shneider as Larry… yes and no at the same time. Rob is great with slapstick humor but he just seems quite off on screen to me at times. Nice call though.

  7. Is it the stooges shenanigans in the 21st century or more from the early 20th? Either way I like the casting. I’m just not sure if I like it enough to carry through 3 half hours of slap stick. I hope the gags don’t end up all the same or it will get boring quick.

  8. Okay, the worst casting I have maybe ever heard is the rumor about James Marsden as Larry. That alone may kill this film for Stooges fans…

  9. Marsden has some comedic timing. I don’t think he’s a terrible choice. I’m interested. Sasso, I’m sold, and Azaria can do just about anything, so I’m very piqued by these choices. We’ll see. I would rather keep them in the time era they originated in, but… with Hollywood, one just never knows.

  10. Adam sandler would be a far better choice as larry IMO…or maybe Paul Giamatti.

  11. no no not him as larry fine James Marsden please please

  12. have him as larry fine Paul Giamatti have him as moe howard as adam sandler please please

    • huh?

  13. I would like to see johnny depp as moe howard please please

  14. ok so yes i am a big fan of stooges i laugh everytime i watch them,but the good stuff is when the boys stated in early years curly was not sick and they made u laugh just looking at them,who ever they choose for the roles if they don’t act like the boys in the early 30s,a stooge fan is going to hate it,please don’t mess this up,the boys deserve a great remake

  15. Again I ask…is this a bio pic or a story using the “characters” of Moe, curley and Larry?

    • This is supposed to be a faithful rendition of the Three Stooges in modern times. They’re basically shooting 3 shorts, packages as 1 film. The Farrellys were supposed to be hiring guys to BE the Three Stooges, but this is getting pretty far away from that idea. I think they don’t have total control of the casting. Studios have pulled some pretty funky stuff in the past because they control the money.

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