Bummer! Sean Penn Says No to "Three Stooges" Among Others!  

Sean Penn has pulled out of two films, including "The Three Stooges," citing personal reasons.

The actor who's been having marital dramas with Robin Wright Penn is taking an undetermined sabbatical affecting yet-to-be-filmed movies that he's already attached to.

One of those films is Universal's "Cartel" about a man who vows to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican cartels. Peter Craig wrote the script, and Asger Leth is set to direct. Hhhmmmm, can I suggest Liam Neeson to the role? This fits him perfectly!

But the one I'm really bummed about is the MGM comedy "The Three Stooges" from the Farrelly Brothers. Penn was set to co-star as Larry alongside Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. Perfect casting right? It would have been a dream cast!

(Check the full story of "The Three Stooges" casting right here)

Right now, it's unclear whether MGM will recast the Larry role, or wait for Penn's return from his sabbatical leave.

But so far, the actor has completed the following films:

*** "Fair Game" -- Doug Liman directs and Naomi Watts co-stars in this drama about CIA agent Valerie Plame.

*** "Tree of Life" -- Terrence Malick directs and Brad Pitt co-stars.

Both movies will be released next year.

Penn is also in talks to star in "This Must Be the Place" to be directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino making his English-language debut. Even though financing and scheduling are not yet finished, Penn is still intending to make this movie...when he returns from his absence.

Clearly, the actor needs time to focus on his family, so more power to him! Just don't disappear for long 'cause you will be missed Mister Sean!

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