So much for James Marsden. Last week it was reported that the X-Men star was a frontrunner for the role of Larry in Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s upcoming Three Stooges revival. MAD TV‘s Will Sasso is already confirmed for Curly, and The Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria is said to be a lead contender for the part of Moe. Marsden-as-Larry seemed like an odd choice at the time — not outrageously bad, more unexpected — but now it turns out that the role will be going to someone else.
The Farrellys turned once again to the small screen for this final bit of star casting — assuming, of course, that Azaria is confirmed — putting Will & Grace‘s Jack, Sean Hayes, into the Larry role. The report comes from Deadline, which also notes that “the search is still on for Moe.” There is no mention of Azaria, which is interesting given that his name was first reported in connection with the project by Deadline as well. Then again, they also had Marsden pegged in the same post.
The cast of this thing just keeps getting weirder and weirder, and an increasingly large step down from the powerhouse trio that was originally intended to headline the flick, Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn. It could be fun, though.
The brothers Farrelly plan to deliver a movie that hearkens back to the spirit of the original series, playing out as three loosely connected 27-minute shorts. Deadline reveals that the first chapter will actually follow the Stooges as kids — does this mean we’re going to be seeing younger versions cast as well? — while the second and third chapters will pick up 40 years later, in the present day. Other than the setting, the plan is to recreate the style of the original Stooges, particularly the over-the-top slapstick comedy and cartoony sound effects.