Oscar winner Sean Penn has dropped out of two upcoming projects and won’t work for a year due to personal reasons says The Hollywood Reporter.
As a result, he will not be a part of MGM’s “The Three Stooges” and Universal/Imagine’s “Cartel”. Asger Leth directs the later which is already moving ahead and will recast Penn’s role.
The ‘Stooges’ movie on the other hand is a trickier prospect. Peter and Bobby Farrelly have spent years trying to get the project going and Penn’s casting alongside Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro was seen as a major coup.
With filming scheduled to begin in August, the pair have to soon decide whether to wait for Penn (and risk losing the other two stars) or find someone else to replace him. Shooting is still slated to begin in August.
Penn completed work on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” before this announcement.