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Sean Penn Takes Hiatus

Posted by Brian on 06/16/2009

Sean Penn in 'The Interpreter'Source: THR

Sean Penn has informed two productions slated to shoot this year that he will be taking time away from Hollywood to focus on his family. Sources claim it could last up to a year, but nothing concrete is known. He recently rescinded his legal seperation case with wife, Robin Wright-Penn, for the second time in their marriage. Penn was slated to shoot Cartel, a crime thriller about a man who journeys to protect his son after his wife is murdered by Mexican drug cartels. The plan is to recast the role while the script is still currently being worked on, with Asger Leth at the helm. Penn was also to begin production in August on the Farrelly Brothers’ highly anticipated Three Stooges, alongside Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro.

Penn’s leave puts production in jeopardy as waiting for Penn to return could lose Carry and Del Toro. The film is already set for a March 2010 release date, and timing is everything in Hollywood. Schedules tend to fill up at warp speed, so it’s unclear whether the Farrelly Brothers will recast and try to work something else out. He will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life, and Doug Liman’s adaptation of Valerie Plame’s political memoir, Fair Game.

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