Benicio Del Toro Still a "Frontrunner" for Moe in Farrelly Brothers' Three Stooges
01.21.11 by Ryan
In November of 2008, MGM gave the green light to a remake of The Three Stooges from writers/directors/siblings Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Four months later, the Farrellys announced a surprising cast that included Jim Carrey as Curly, Sean Penn as Larry, and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. Then, the bottom dropped out as MGM entered into serious financial troubles. As the studio tried to regain its footing, Penn both left and returned, right before Carrey decided he should leave.
Now at home with 20th Century Fox, The Three Stooges has a production start date but no cast. Earlier this month, Peter denied a casting rumor to EW that had Andy Samberg as Larry and Johnny Knoxville as Moe, while also revealing that Penn wasn't likely to be in the cast either.
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.
At the time, Peter said there was "no leader in the clubhouse" for the roles of Larry and Moe, though weeks later, he changed his mind with The Providence Journal admitting that "Benicio is the front runner for Moe, but we’ve not made a deal with him yet." Farrelly did admit that the casting process has been difficult (duh), since even the most well-known actors will have to read for the part.
Our feeling is that it just can’t be your take on Moe. It’s gotta be Moe. Someone could nail Curly’s mannerisms, but if you’re 130 pounds it probably wouldn’t work.
Farrelly said that that he and his brother's intention is to "resurrect" the Stooges in three, half-hour, original episodes.
It’s all new material. It’s not a biopic. We want to give a matinee feel to it. But none of the studios had any interest in it at the beginning. There was a lot to prove. We even had to show that in the script, despite all the hitting the Stooges were known for, it could be a PG movie.
The Three Stooges will go into production in mid-April in Atlanta.