Three Stooges movie to begin filming in March
December 3rd, 2010
04:39 PM ET

Three Stooges movie to begin filming in March

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."

Who do you think should play Larry, Moe and Curly? Let us know in the comments below.

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  6. Michael

    No one should play theses rolls. Come up with your own original Idea like the stooges did. this is comedic blasphemy, and they ought to be ashamed. Why can't this be an age of originality instead of one of copycats?

    October 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Name*moelarrythecheese

    Will Sasso brilliant. Let's face it, he's very talented, he's playing the most imitated and prob the most revered stooge of all. Most people remember the stooges cuz of Curly.
    Good luck Ferrelly brothers portraying the Howard and clan brothers.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rubies

    i agure with adam sandler as moe i think he would do good for these part, cant wait for this movie i grow up watching them with my dad

    April 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lyle

    Will Sasso for sure Don't believe me watch Drop Dead Gorgeous.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jason stemm

    Kevin james as curly. Rob Schneider as Larry. Will Ferrell or adam sandler as moe.

    March 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pat M.

    Bring Billy West to play as Curly. He could probably do very well, as his Zoidberg "Whoop Whoop" is very well inspired from Curly's.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Paul

    Three unknowns (ie., no "big names") should play the roles. The marquee stars would puff it up and obscure what make the Stooges unique with their own schtick.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superhiro

    Yea... Will Ferrell might make this movie watchable.

    March 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nick tonno

    i strongly suggest Moe howard to be played by John Mariano ,he will make Moe come back to real life,he will make the movie a big hit ,the audience will think Moe arose from the dead ,hes the man.Farrelly Brothers John Mariano on the Movie poster and the advertising and marketing for the movie the public will think Moe is really still in the building , I`m serious go with him .I also have footage of a live public appearance of the original three stooges at freedomland in 1960,i dont believe they made any public appearences beside this one and i have the footage if you would like to see it or possibly use it for the movie ,love to her back from you ,Nick Tonno

    March 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Doctor

      Many people may not know him, but John Mariano is your guy. Check out his facebook page. He's the real McCoy. Don't see how any of those big name actors mentioned on these pages can even come close.

      March 15, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Crystal

    My friend Mike Schab is Curly all the way...consider him and it will be the best decision you ever make.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. michael

    Haha I think it should be
    Larry-will farrel
    Moe-adam sandler
    Curly-zack galifinakas

    February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ysbaddaden

    Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton and Ernie...

    February 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Butch B

    Scott Krinsky of CHUCK should be the next Larry Fine . He needs no make-up .

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Johhny C

    I agree with you Steve- some things are sacred and should not be touched again. Just let the re-runs play for my kids. They love them as much as I did. I never missed a single episode when I was a kid. Let the ORIGINALs live on and on and on for generations . . . most young punks today do not know the definition of a Stooge anyhow until they look in the mirror.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  20. Steve

    Leave a legend alone- all three of them -some things should never be re-made. RIP Moe Curly and Larry

    February 18, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  21. Coy

    Seth Rogan as Larry, Del Toro as Moe, Jonah Hill as Curley. Seth Rogan would be perfect for Larry

    February 16, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  22. Paul Collins

    Paul Collins should audition for the role of Curly.

    February 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Christian Fitzharris

    With a background of physical comedy for over 20 yrs and a love for vaudeville and classic comedy, I think I could give the role the utmost respect. My career as co-creator of Cirque du Soleil's "KOOZA" clown trio gave me the same day to day experiences as the Stooges on the road. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkyba-xVR84

    February 12, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  24. the benz

    It would be best to keep it in a traditional bio pic format. Curly will certainly be hard to imitate. The young generation today needs to see how long and how hard the three stooges worked. moe howard was a talented kid from brooklyn and he took his little brother babe (curly) everywhere surely instilling something great from within. Moe: Adam Sandler Curly: Jack Black Larry: James Franco Shemp: Kevin Spacy

    January 31, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. trevor

    I would like to see adam sandler as larry, kevin james as curly, and ben stiller as moe. A good all star cast if you ask me. While they are at it they should make an Abbot and Costello movie, with george cloony and kevin james.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. David

    Robert Deniro as Moe Steve Wright as Larry, James Belushi as Curly

    January 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. URnowinsingsing

    All joking aside and a lot of the comments have been funny.
    My choices would be:

    Moe Howard – Ray Romano
    Curly Howard – Rulan Gardner
    Larry Fine – Seth Rogan

    Typically you like cast a characgter to look as cloesly to the part,
    however these guys can pull it off. Romano and Rogan have the comedy
    down, and Gardner has the wrestling down, should one of the shorts
    involve Curly in wrestling match.

    Just food for thought...

    Good luck guys, make us laugh like you always do.

    Mike- Concord NH

    January 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Craig

    Is it true that Mike Myers is the latest casted for Moe?

    January 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Chris

    Larry; Will Farell
    Curly: Jack Black
    Mo: Steve Busemy

    January 9, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  30. Acheet Mapanz

    Chris Rock as Moe, Vladimir Putin as Larry, and Hank Williams Jr. as Curly, Yngwie Malmsteen as Shemp.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Cody

    Kyle Chandler as Moe
    Scott Krinsky as Larry
    Zach Galifianankis as Curly
    John C. Reilly as Shemp
    Larry Joe Campbell as Joe
    Ethan Suplee as Curly Joe
    Johnny Depp as Ted Healy

    January 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Matthew Duncan

    I suggest Ben Stiller as Moe, Kurtwood Smith as Larry, and Will Sasso as Curly.

    December 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Rich

    How about Jason Segal as larry, Paul Rudd as Moe, and Seth Rogan as Curly. that would be hilarious!

    December 29, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  34. Michael Scotto

    Heck, as much as I've watched and admired the Stooges over the years, I'd love to play Moe or Larry... unfortunately, NOBODY will be able to truly replicate Curly... he was a once-in-a-millenium talent. Come to think of it, Moe and Larry will be very difficult as well... but of the producers don't mind, I'd love to give it a shot. ;)

    December 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. jason m. albanese

    Hello my name is Jason Albanese and I am a diehard three stooges fan I have almost all of the there short films from 1928-1948 and my all time favorite stooge short is "All The Worlds A Stooge" I think my impersonation of Mr. Curly Howard is awesome and I would love audtion

    December 13, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  36. Susie Davidson

    Check out my article in today's Jewish Daily Forward on the Stooges. They did a beautiful job with it and included an interview with Moe from the 70s. I sent it to Moe's daughter Joan Howard Maurer, who is very grateful.

    http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/133860/

    December 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kwitcherbellyakin

      Thanks for the link Susie. Yep Moe supported his family, Larry's family and who knows who else. Whatta guy!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. gahoo

    I have been a stooge fan for over 50 years. I am so glad Jim Carey is not going to be Curley. It is just not a fit. When Michael Chiklis played Curley in the Mel Gibson version of their life story he did a good job but to any real stooge fan, the actions were there, the timing was right but you can never capture Curley's heart.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. john miller

    Robert Downey Jr. as Mo-His physical comedy in Chaplin was amazing

    December 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ms. Fine

    Drew Carey as Curley!

    December 5, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. king art

    well when you think about it, the stooges raigned in the 30s. there stile of comady was at in peek then. if you try to do that same stile in our day it would brakeing so many laws and violations of civil rights. to do the comady that would be funny you must find three nobodys off the street or a mentel ward. i'm a avaid watcher of the stooges and i just can't see that it could done. they were the greatest at what they did. nuf said... don't mind the spelling...sorry....

    December 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      But I do mind the spelling. 10 mistakes is beyond a simple "sorry".

      YMMV

      December 6, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • gahoo

      The Stooges were actually around in the 40's. Their comedy is classic. They are a satire on modern life if you can get past the eye pokes. They were ahead of their time. Moe Howard portraying Hitler (,being Jewish) ,during the time of the war was brave and noble. When we laugh at the stooges we are really laughing at ourselves.

      December 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      They reigned from the mid 20's -late 60's, not because they wanted to but because they had to. They did so much for so little.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  41. Moses

    The Farrelly Brothers must be stopped at all costs before it's too late. The curse of King Rutten Tutten be upon them. This movie must never be made.

    December 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Albedo

    Rosie as Curly
    Madonna as Moe
    Lindsey Lohan as Larry.
    Give them all loaded guns!

    December 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mike

    The only actor that can play a convincing Curly is Michael Chiklis (Vic from The Shield). He proved it already here :
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czu2_WPCYz0&w=640&h=390]

    December 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Desmondi

      Mike, great video! Wow, never knew something like that existed–where is it taken from? The filmmakers obviously did their homework w/camera setups, costumes, the works just like the original. As for Chiklis, I think he does "OK" in an impossible role. He has the voice down well and the gestures and mannerisms of Curly, but his timing is off. But then, Curly Howard was a force of nature, and an instinctive comedian. The guy playing Moe comes off best, but he has the easiest role to mimick. The actor playing Larry is terrible.

      December 22, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  44. Terri

    Kevibn James as Curly Adam Sandler as Moe and Rob Schnieder Larry freakin funny !!!

    December 4, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  45. Fred the Wonder Platypus

    C'mon, Rob. You've got three Larry's there.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  46. m

    This movies gonna suck

    December 4, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  47. Rob

    ok, changed my mind for the younger crowd....i agree with steve, but if they insist on ruining the classics, at least do it with funny people...Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan and Zack Galafinakis.......

    December 4, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      i wish sean penn would still portray larry and jim carrey would still portray curly but richard jenkins is going to be larry and shane jacobson is going to be curly

      January 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Steve

    Sorry, but the originals were just that: original. No one actor, let alone three, could portray them. And why would anyone want to?? They will surely be castigated as inferior copies. And why would anyone want to make this film?? The shorts themselves are still brilliant. The only reason people would ever see this proposed film would be to laugh AT the actors' attempts to imitate the Stooges. Does anyone think this film will be anything other than an embarrassing disapppointment?

    December 4, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • kwitcherbellyakin

      I agree with you Steve. Larry Fine & his wife's story of living life in a hotel as if they could afford it while Moe bailed them out, Curley being a ladies man, then suffering a debilitating stroke and premature end age 46 and Moe the rock with bro Shemp the stand~in cannot be nor should it be duplicated. A lot of 20 somethings don't have much idea of what vaudeville & burlesque were. The film could show how movies started, then talkies as the Stooges were right there working their butts off for diddly. Also the use of sound effects to bolster a scene was a Stooge innovation. Make a true bio, paired with film history... I'd go see that. nyuk, nyuk

      December 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      it's just a movie they can't replace the originals

      January 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      and also shemp was one of the originals and replaced by curly then after curly had a stroke he was replaced by shemp again then the next one was joe besser then joe DeRita (a.k.a. curly joe)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Stooges

      January 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Rob

    How about some truly funny actors like Steve Busceme, Joe Pantoliano, and Joe Pesci ? It'd be mildly amuzing

    December 4, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  50. alan

    i would like to see play the part of the three stooges robert de niro or josh brolin as moe howard david paymer or paul giamatti as Larry fine frank caliendo or kevin james or mark addy as curly howard robin williams or jim carrey as shemp howard please please

    December 4, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  51. JS

    Bring in Barrack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid and watch the country go down the tubes...

    December 4, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  52. Lies

    Bring in Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and cal it "The Three Psycho Conservative Stooges".

    Has an even better ring to it.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Truth

    Bring in Tim Robbins, Conan O'Brian and Brad Pitt and cal it "The Three Liberal Stooges"

    Has a great ring to it.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Why does everything have to be political? This is a movie about three comedians. Loosen up a bit. Goodness.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      How about The Palins....Bristol Palin (Curly of course..big as she is), Sarah as Moe cuz she'd get to slap the others around and Todd as Larry...the bumbling idiot sidekick. How about that Truth?

      December 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I think you take the concept but need to add a modern twist like a black Moe, white Larry and maybe a Mexican or east Indian Curly..... Kind of like Peter sellers character in The Party, only three bumbling bozos?

      December 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorie McDowell

      Adam Sandler as Moe...Kevin James as Curley...And Wayne Knight from Seinfeld as Larry

      January 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Tibbett

      I think you should bring in Robin Williams and Steve Martin, they alone should make a good Moe and Larry.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard Bulgatz

      Looking forward to seeing the movie. Are you also looking for actors to play Vernon Dent, Emil Sitka, and Bumbling Bud Jamison?

      January 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Grillo

      lighten up 'truth,' it's pies and pokes in the eyes.

      January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis Massei

      Johnny Knoxville, Dennis Massei & Jim Carrey

      I've been watching the three stooges since I was young boy and I know how to play it....though I'm not an actor I know I can.

      June 20, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |

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