EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning Glee star Jane Lynch is set for The Three Stooges, the 20th Century Fox comedy directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Lynch will play Mother Superior, who runs the orphanage where the trio grows up, despite her best efforts to get them adopted. She will star with Chris Diamantopoulos, who’s signing on to play Moe, Will Sasso, who’s playing Curly, and Sean Hayes, who signed on recently to play Larry Fine. Production begins in May.
20th Century Fox and Peter and Bobby Farrelly have set Sean Hayes to play Larry in The Three Stooges, the slapstick comedy that is slated to begin production later this month. He joins Will Sasso, who had previously been set to play Curly. The search is still on for the role of Moe, a role that has had a number of actors circling. Hayes has physical comedy chops and showed during readings that he had the ability to play a lovable simpleton, something that amateur boxer-turned-punching bag Larry Fine did so well. Many, including Peter Farrelly, feel that Fine’s understated work anchored the original Stooges shorts by creating a buffer between Moe’s stern persona and Curly’s manic physical comic energy. Hayes was last seen on Broadway in a year-long run in Promises, Promises, has starred in films that include The Bucket List, and of course starred in Will & Grace.
I’ve seen that Deadline readers are reluctant to embrace a Stooges movie, each time I write about it. I see it differently. I am eager to see what the Farrellys are capable of, after putting 12 years into this passion project and honing the script to the point where they feel they can retain the signature slapstick while delivering a PG rating.