'The Three Stooges' is a-go with a (likely) new cast. Who should play the knuckleheads?

Three-Stooges-HanksImage Credit: Everett Collection; Benjamin: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Image; Azaria: Glenn Harris/PR Photos; Hanks: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosWhoop-whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop! Time to perform a celebratory Curly Shuffle: The Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges project will indeed see the light of day after being pushed to the back-burner in light of MGM’s financial problems. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has confirmed to EW it is indeed in talks with MGM to pass the movie on the left hand side to their studio.

Only one problem: Though Sean Penn and Jim Carrey were previously attached to play Larry and Curly, respectively, both actors have dropped out while the film was gestating at MGM. (It’s not clear whether or not Benicio del Toro is still signed on to play Moe; the actor’s reps have yet to respond to EW’s calls for confirmation, while Fox confirms that casting has not yet been determined.) So that means it’s time to play Cast the Movie! Let’s put on our thinking bowl cuts now, PopWatchers: Who should play Larry, Curly, and Moe? 

It’s a shame Penn & Co., are no longer attached: The best way to avoid cries of “Blasphemy!” from Stooge enthusiasts is to gather a cast that’s as surprising as it is talented (and Oscar-winning!). So as easy as it would be for me to round up the usual comedy suspects — Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, etc. — I’m going to try to take a page from the great folks who cast Penn, Carrey, and del Toro, and go a little more unpredictable with this one. For Curly, I’d recruit one of TV’s great unsung heroes, H. Jon Benjamin, otherwise known as the man who provides hysterical voiceovers for Archer, Family Guy, and Dr. Katz. Let’s give him a big shot in front of the camera for once! Bonus: He’s (kinda) bald. As for Moe and Larry, Emmy-winning Hank Azaria has proven his comedy chops for years and boasts the right shade of black hair for the former, while Oscar winner Tom Hanks could use a break from symbol hunting to play the frizzy and frazzled Larry. (I need to be able to enjoy silly Hanks outside of just Conan appearances.)

I can’t, however, shake the desire to see the Farrelly brothers do something completely innovative with the franchise: Why not cast some female stooges? Surely, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, and Meryl Streep (because, why not?) would bring some laughs. That way, instead of watching women set back feminism 50 years by beating each other up on The Bad Girls Club, we could watch women beat each other up on the big screen for for the sake of forward-thinking! Or something like that. Or am I just a knucklehead?

Who gets your vote, PopWatchers?

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  • Andy

    I think your Jon Benjamin suggestion is right on the nose.

    • Opie

      Hollywood is nuts! Michael Douglas to play Liberace? And now three totally inappropriate people in consideration for The Three Stooges?

      • ‘k

        I’m glad I’m not alone here. When I first heard about the Liberace movie, I thought I’d misunderstood that Michael Douglas would be starring. The mind boggles. And some of the names attached to this project are equally hard to fathom.

    • Jeff M.


  • Jon

    George Clooney would be great!

    • Templar

      I’d go with Kevin Pollack as Larry, Adam Sandler as Moe and Howie Mandel as Curley.

  • LOL

    Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

    • J. Fred Muggs

      Wow! Welcome to 2006!

  • Jed

    Just surprised they’ve revived this project.

  • anony

    George Clooney as Moe
    Brad Pitt as Larry
    Jack Black as…you guessed it!

  • googie

    NO ONE!leave it alone!

  • Craig

    This should not be made. But, if they insist, they should use all unknown actors.

  • Matt

    Omid Djalili from ‘The Mummy 1999′ would be perfect as Curly! Martin Short as Larry from ‘The Santa Clause 3 as Jack Frost’ Tim Allen as Moe!

  • Igor

    Johnny Depp as Moe
    Kevin James as Curley
    Adam Sander or Rob Schneider as Larry

  • katy

    this is the most offensive reboot ever. Moe, Larry, and Curley ARE the three stooges! How the F can you improve upon that? UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • doug

    I agree the actors involved should be complete unknowns. And women stooges would indeed be blasphemous. There are a some female fans, but basically the stooges are a guy thing.

  • Bea

    This is just a BAD idea…

  • Barry

    Obama can play all 3 Stooges.

    • Tess McGill

      That kind of spontaneity would be a real stretch for him.

  • sean barton

    the AMC tv movie was excellent. Michael Chiklis was great as Curly! And the bald dude from Sex and the City was amazing as Larry! That one should be good enough!

  • john

    They r lengents how can u do this awhile disrespect them ?!

    • Kirk

      Pity your parents chose not to date outside of the family.

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