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Will Sasso Is Curly In 'The Three Stooges'; Hank Azaria & James Marsden Lead Pack For Other Two

by Catherine Scott
March 26, 2011 2:37 AM
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There's been a lot of movement surrounding the Farrelly Brothers' remake of "The Three Stooges," starting last year when the project moved from MGM to Fox, getting a fresh cast (Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro were attached in the long-gestating earlier incarnation). Just last month, Johnny Knoxville was supposed to have Moe nailed down, but that turned out to be just a rumor. But the first cast member has now been locked down. EW reports that Will Sasso has officially been cast as Curly (recent reports pegged him as Moe).

Funnyman Sasso is relatively unknown, but he currently stars on "$#*! My Dad Says" and was also one of the funniest members of "MADtv" back in the day. He has recently starred in feature films including small roles in last years "Life As We Know It" and the upcoming "Arthur" remake. For the remaining roles, Deadline reports that the frontrunners for Moe and Larry are Hank Azaria and James Marsden, respectively. No official offers have been made yet, but if the Farrelly Brothers want to start filming within the month, they'll need to lock those guys down soon.

Peter Farrelly told Deadline that he was "opening up these roles to the world right now. 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." About the film itself, he goes on to say, "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."

Hopefully this time the cast will stick, as the concept of plopping the three brothers in modern-day society and tracking them through three short films sounds intriguing. It would be nice to bring back those slapstick gags for a younger audience (and for the older audience who remembers them).

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4 Comments

  • jarrett | March 26, 2011 10:55 AMReply

    How do you from Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey to these guys?

  • rocco siffredi | March 26, 2011 9:55 AMReply

    How about Stephen Merchant. He was the best thing in Hall Pass and his humour suits the Farrellys perfectly.

  • SusieQ | March 26, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    Horrible casting is right. Will Sasso is funny, but he's not right for this. He's like a giant guy, wtf? And James Marsden?? Seriously??

  • karie | March 26, 2011 5:21 AMReply

    I can't imagine how the came up with Hank and James as Moe and and larry. i like both actors but very horrible casting. At least in my opinion.

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