Sean Penn pulls out…of 2 movie projects

Movie News | By on Jun 17th, 2009

Sean Penn just surprised some people in the biz and announced he’s pulling out of 2 movie projects. I guess it’s due to personal reasons? That means he won’t be starring in the Asger Leth-directed drama “Cartel” and The Farrelly Brothers directed movie “the Three Stooges.” As of right now, no word on whether or not they will hold off on filming Three Stooges with or without him. I think I’d wait for him, that is, if he still wants to do the film. Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro are still attached to play Moe and Curly. Who should they cast as Larry? Bradley Cooper? He seems to be doing everything these days.

In an announcement that has caught two studios by surprise, Penn has pulled out of two films, citing personal reasons.

Penn has informed Universal and Imagine that he will be unable to star in the Asger Leth-directed drama “Cartel,” which was to be his next movie. His role will be recast. Studio is putting together a list of actors now and hopes to stick with an early fall start date.

Scripted by Peter Craig, the movie follows a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican cartels.

Penn will also be unable to make the start date of MGM comedy “The Three Stooges.” He was to star as Larry in the pic, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. “Stooges” also stars Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. It’s unclear if the studio will recast or wait for Penn to return to work.
[Variety]

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