December 3rd, 2010
04:39 PM ET
The Farrelly Brothers' much-anticipated Three Stooges movie will finally begin shooting on March 14, but in a wacky twist, it looks like the film has now lost Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Carrey for the respective roles of Moe, Larry and Curly.
Deadline.com reports that Penn and Carrey are no longer with the project and it remains unclear whether Del Toro is still on board.
"The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now," says filmmaker Peter Farrelly. "We'll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we're going to have to see him in the role. This is not 'The Flintstones.' You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown."
"The Three Stooges" will not be a traditional biopic, but a reboot of sorts, featuring three 27-minute shorts filled with slapstick and the Stooges' classic theme songs. The movie opens with the trio being dumped as newborns at an orphanage where they terrorize the nun in charge.
"There will be nonstop slapping, more in the tone of 'Dumb and Dumber' than anything else we've done," Farrelly says of the comedy, which is looking to shoot in Atlanta. "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."
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