Andy Samberg and Johnny Knoxville Could Join 'Three Stooges'
The project has gone through plenty of ups and downs throughout its decade long gestation, specifically a fluctuating cast that once included Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, but development on The Three Stooges saunters forward. Though co-writer/co-director Peter Farrelly has mentioned he fears for the worst with this project, news in December reported that it had moved to Fox with intention of starting production in March. It looks like that's still on as The Wrap reports Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg and Australian comic Shane Jacobson have been shortlisted to play Moe, Larry and Curly respectively.
Farrelly previously said the cast could include a major movie star or a complete unknown and no one would be counted out, and these names certainly meet both criteria so far. The reputations of Jackass mastermind Johnny Knoxville and "Saturday Night Live" favorite Andy Samberg precede them, but Shane Jacobson is virtually unknown in the U.S. However, down under, the comedian can be seen in several commercials and hosts "Top Gear Australia." You can see Jacobson in this Australian commercial right here as well as this trailer for Kenny, a mockumentary for which Jacobson has received much praise.
While I'm still wary of this project actually getting off the ground, the cast does sound intriguing. I'm just not sure it's going to be easy see past Samberg and Knoxville's respective antics and personality to which we've become accustomed. Personally, I think more unknown talent is the way to go, but the studio is likely looking for some big names (especially ones that appeal to the younger demographics unfamiliar with "The Three Stooges") to try and get this project out of development hell and into theaters. One thing's for sure, brotherly writing and directing duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly certainly have their hands full. What do you think of this potential cast?