04/23/2012 06:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sean Penn, Ben Stiller May Team For 'Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

Sean Penn isn't necessarily known for his sense of humor, but the dude is funny. There's his still-iconic performance as Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," his brief flirtation with "The Three Stooges," his self-effacing appearance on "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis, and now this: Deadline.com reports that Penn is in talks to join Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

A remake of "Walter Mitty" has been in development for years. Everyone from Jim Carrey to Mike Myers to Sacha Baron Cohen were involved in discussions to play the lead role, which Danny Kaye originated in the 1947 film. Stiller attached himself to star and direct last April, and casting has been going strong since. Also onboard to co-star are Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine. Per Deadline.com, Penn's role would be small.

The actor -- who has won two Oscars -- rose to fame after playing Spicoli in "Fast Times." His most recent play for laughs was in the Funny or Die video, "Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division." Perhaps unsurprisingly considering this casting news, Penn appeared with Stiller in the star-studded spoof. Watch it below.

[via Deadline.com]

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