Peter Farrelly Denies ‘The Three Stooges’ Casting Rumors

The director reveals that no one is currently being considered for the role of Moe, Larry, and Curly.
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Johnny Knoxville has not been cast as Moe Yesterday, a rumor started to spread that Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg were being considered for the roles of Moe and Larry in Peter and Bobby Farrelly's long gestating dream project The Three Stooges. Peter Farrelly has now come foreword to confirm that those rumors are completely false.

The director appeared frustrated and annoyed that the rumors had spread so quickly, saying, "You don't want people to think 'they already cast that thing?' Because we haven't. It's wide open to everybody."

About the original casting of Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro, who have long since left the project, Farrelly said, "That was real. Sean Penn wanted to do it and when Sean wanted to do it, everyone wanted to do it. But he is extremely involved in Haiti right now. We heard that if we waited a couple years, we could probably get him, but we've already waited a few years."

Peter doesn't dislike the idea of Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg coming onto the project. They just haven't auditioned, and there are no contenders at this point. Says Farrelly, "Right now, I don't know. There is no leader in the clubhouse."

The director also offered more information about the movie, which will be rated PG, "It's The Three Stooges just like the [old shorts]. They're going to look the same, dress the same, sound the same, act the same, with the same sound effects. A car whips by an orphanage, throws a duffel bag out its window and keeps going. A nun sees the duffel and opens it up, and a little baby hand comes out and - Boink! - hits her in the eye. So that first episode is them growing up in the orphanage."

The 20th Century Fox comedy is gearing up for a mid-April start in Atlanta. That's only four months away, so expect to hear some official casting announcements made soon.

The Three Stooges was released April 13th, 2012.

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  • knyucklehead • 5 years ago

    Can't be replaced but...

    Robert de niro - moe

    Joe pesci - larry

    Chris farley - curly :(...


    • incmob • 5 years ago

      see... i disagree, there is plenty of comedy that is considered less than what it was, and during the time of the most successful period for the stooges they entertained and were widely popular... that is like saying that jim carrey or dave chappele will still be funny in 60 years or so... times change and so does comedy, but for me i would rather see a film like this than what we have graduated to with fart jokes and bad language just to get a laugh from the audience... and for the record i still think carrey and chappelle are funny.


      • zanyzap • 5 years ago

        I like the original cast.


        • avrahama • 5 years ago

          Uh unless they're going to dig up the bodies of Moe, Curly and Larry, re-animate them and bring them back to life, there's no way in HELL i'm going to watch this groan-fest. The Three Stooges are CLASSIC and cannot be copied or emulated. Period. Hah, the only funny thing about this movie at all, will be if they finish it and people actually pay to go see it. lmao.


          • brady1138 • 5 years ago

            Am I the only person who never even liked the original Stooges? They are WAY overrated, if you ask me.


            • ps2fatboy • 5 years ago

              if they havent even cast it already why bother with this idea,although johnny knoxville and andy will be ok choices me thinks danny mcbride with shaved head could be curly just an idea


              • jimthar • 5 years ago

                ugh, i could care less about this. this movie seems less and less intersting every day. the 3 stooges aren't funny to begin with. it's just 3 idiots that keep slapping each other in the head. whoopty do. it really doesn't need a movie made about it. it's not going to work as a full length feature. even if they do chop it up into segments.

                pass on this.


                • dan1 • 5 years ago

                  I'll keep saying it, drop the idea already. Please.


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