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Oscar-winner Sean Penn is trading in the drama for some serious laughter (and a few eye pokes) in his next big-screen role.
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updated 3/25/2009 5:32:07 PM ET 2009-03-25T21:32:07

Oscar-winner Sean Penn is trading in the drama for some serious laughter (and a few eye pokes) in his next big-screen role.

Penn will star in “The Three Stooges,” a rep for MGM has confirmed to Access Hollywood.

He will play “Stooge” Larry Fine, while Jim Carrey is in talks to play Jerome “Curly” Howard, the rep revealed.

In addition, producers are eyeing Benicio del Toro to step into the role of Moe.

The Farrelly brothers (“Fever Pitch,” “Stuck On You,” “There’s Something About Mary”) will direct the comedy, which is slated to begin shooting this fall.

Described as “a Three Stooges film set in the present day,” the film will chronicle how the legendary comedic trio came together.

Penn, who won the Oscar for his role as Harvey Milk in the “Milk” biopic, recently wrapped production on the drama “The Tree of Life,” alongside Brad Pitt.

Carrey, who was last seen on the big screen in “Yes Man,” has several films awaiting release, including the dark comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” and Disney’s “A Christmas Carol.”

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