Sean Penn to take time off

Sean Penn has pulled out of two films, citing personal reasons.

According to Variety, Penn has informed Universal and Imagine that he will be unable to star in the Asger Leth-directed drama “Cartel,” which was to be his next movie. His role will be recast. Written by Peter Craig, the movie follows a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican cartels.

Penn will also be unable to make the start date of the MGM comedy “The Three Stooges.” He was to star as Larry in the film, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. “Stooges” also stars Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. The studio has not decided whether they will recast or wait for Penn to return to work. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.