Variety reports that MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on their cast for The Three Stooges.

Sean Penn is set to play Larry, Jim Carrey is in negotiations to play Curly and the studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

Carrey will gain 40 pounds to portray his role in the film, whose script was written by the Farrelly brothers.

The Three Stooges will not be a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters Moe and Jerome “Curly” Howard and Larry Fine.

The Farrelly brothers have attempted to make this film for more than a decade and have pitched it to several different studios. First the duo tried at Columbia, then at Warner Bros. and finally at MGM.

Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent bought the original show scripts from Warner Bros. and made a deal with Stooges rights holders C3.

Production will begin in early fall for a release sometime in 2010.

By Tessa Petrocco (Source: Variety)

By Tessa Petrocco

Tessa Petrocco is a freelance graphic designer and media professional. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2007, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production. She moved to New York City that same year, where she worked as the Editorial Assistant and Content Coordinator for a popular film review website. Tessa enjoys spending time with her dog and boyfriend, knitting, volunteering and being a one-woman film reviewer.

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