Three Stooges: Carrey, Penn, Del Toro?

How’s this for casting?

Variety is reporting MGM wants to get a long-discussed Three Stooges flick off the ground.

Studio has set Sean Penn to play Larry, and negotiations are underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, with the actor already making plans to gain 40 pounds to approximate the physical dimensions of Jerome “Curly” Howard.

The studio is zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe.

The film is not a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Howard played in the Columbia Pictures shorts.

Sean Penn has a leg up, as he already played Larry in Brian DePalma’s “Carlito’s Way.”

Penn’s comedies, with the exception of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” tend to be disastrous.

I won’t torture you with a clip from “Shanghai Surprise,” but here’s Penn in the unwatchable “We’re No Angels.”

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrpVhpAyP5M%5D

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