Will Sasso, Hank Azaria & James Marsden Are Likely 'Three Stooges'
Last December we found out that Bobby and Peter Farrelly's long-gestating feature film version of The Three Stooges had finally been given new life by heading over to Fox. It was said to begin shooting in March, but an official cast isn't even together yet. Rumors had circulated around Andy Samberg and Johnny Knoxville for two of the roles, but those turned out to be false. However, today some progress has been made in the casting department as Deadline reports "MadTV" alum Will Sasso has officially landed the role of my favorite stooge Curly. In addition, two names have emerged as frontrunners to play Moe & Larry.
Though casting won't be official until the end of next week, apparently Hank Azaria (The Birdcage, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) and James Marsden (Enchanted, X-Men) are the top contenders for the roles of Moe and Larry respectively. Sasso seems like a great choice for Curly, as the actor has had plenty of experience in physical comedy on "MadTV." As for Azaria, he's more prominently known for his voicework on"The Simpsons," but his turns in films like The Birdcage and Godzilla have been great (we'll next see him as Gargamel in The Smurfs). Marsden seems like the most unlikely candidate for this flick, but recently the actor has shown a lot of potential in comedy with great supporting roles in Sex Drive, Enchanted and the upcoming comedy Hop.
While it's going to take plenty of convincing for me to be truly excited about this film, this assembly of talent is certainly promising and interesting. Bobby and Peter Farrelly have sort of fallen from comedic grace over the past decade, and I'm not sure any actors can truly capture the classic comedy magic that the original Stooges brought to the screen. I'll reserve my full judgment until I see these three slapping, poking and tripping each other, but count me at least somewhat intrigued at this point. How about you?