According to reports, Sean Penn is dropping out of both The Three Stooges and Cartel, due to personal reasons.
Penn may be taking off, up to a year, so that he may focus on his family. Penn was to play the role of Larry in The Three Stooges alongside Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. With Penn’s suddenly pulling out of the project, it is not sure if he will be replaced or if MGM will wait until he is available for the part. He was also set for Universal and Imagine’s Cartel, which was about a man that sees his wife murdered by Mexican Cartel. Universal and Imagine will be recasting the role.