Bad news Stooges fans… looks like Sean Penn has decided to pull out of The Three Stooges project and take a full year away from Hollywood. He has also dropped out of the other movie he had lined up, a gritty action thriller called Cartel. Penn has cited personal reasons for the sudden leave of absence, and a desire to focus on his family.
While Cartel will likely move ahead without him, the Farrelly Brothers are left in a bit of a quandary surrounding the Three Stooges. The project has taken years to get off the ground, and a big part of the reason why it was greenlit was the A-list talent that they had managed to land for the starring roles. Do you think they should find another Larry, or was Sean Penn a big part of this film’s potential? Unfortunately, if they wait too long, their window of opportunity could be lost. I have to admit, without Penn on board, it suddenly seems like just another Jim Carrey vehicle, which I’m not all that interested in personally. Thoughts?