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Benicio Del Toro still the frontrunner for Moe in THE THREE STOOGES

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 20th, 2011

One of the more interesting, if not absolutely bewildering productions, as of late is the long talked-about and long-gestating Farrelly brothers-directed take on legendary comedic icons, The Three Stooges.

Now, in speaking to the Providence Journal (via The Playlist), Peter Farrelly has revealed that, despite there being “no leader in the clubhouse,” long-connected actor Benicio Del Toro “is the frontrunner for Moe, but we’ve not made a deal with him yet.”

Del Toro has seemingly been connected to the film since its inception, at least as long as actors Sean Penn and Jim Carrey, who were originally lined up to star as Larry and Curly respectively. However, after the film moved studios, the latter two actors were jettisoned, with Del Toro still remaining aboard the project.

Here’s what the director had to say about the project previously:

“It’s all new material. It’s not a biopic. We want to give a matinee feel to it. But none of the studios had any interest in it at the beginning. There was a lot to prove. We even had to show that in the script, despite all the hitting the Stooges were known for, it could be a PG movie.” The story will pick up when “the trio are dumped out as newborns at the door of an orphanage….and follows them to adulthood and is very much in the spirit of the original shorts, in which the blue collar bumblers got the best of the wealthy society matrons that tried to exploit them.”

While I’m still not quite sure what to truly expect with regards to Del Toro playing Moe, I certainly like the idea, and the premise sounds quite intriguing. If the trio’s patented slapstick style of comedy can be moved into this new century, than we may have a winner on our hands here. However, the film is slated to start production on March 14, so we’ll be hearing quite a bit on this one relatively quick.

What do you think?

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