Sean Penn

Sean Penn is going to be a Stooge.

Fresh off his second Oscar win and 20-plus years of dark and dramatic roles, Sean Penn is returning to his comedic roots (remember, he was once the stoner surfer Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High) by joining the Farrelly brothers' Three Stooges project, Variety reports.

Penn will play Larry of the iconic slapstick trio, who shares a striking resemblance to David Kleinfeld, the character Penn played in Carlito's Way. Negotiations are underway to lock in Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro as Curly and Moe, respectively. Carrey would gain 40 pounds to portray the heavy-set Curly.

The film will not be a biopic, but rather a comedy inspired by the Stooges' MGM shorts, in which they first appeared in 1933.

Production will commence in the fall for a 2010 release.

Bobby and Peter Farrelly's big-screen tale about the vaudeville act has been gestating for more than a decade and spanned three studios before settling with MGM. Along the way, the brothers courted George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Jeff Daniels and Larry David for parts. Johnny Depp was also reportedly in the running for Moe.

Who would you cast at the Stooges?