July 01, 2010 at 03:09 PM EDT

Image Credit: Pixplanete/PR PhotosVariety reports that Sean Penn is prepping to play Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, the eccentric patriarch of a surfing dynasty profiled in the terrific 2007 documentary Surfwise.

Feel free to insert your own Spicoli joke here. I’ve got more important things to think about — like, for example, how great a movie this could be. Anyone who caught Surfwise knows that the Paskowitz story — nine kids, one trailer, endless surfing — is one of the weirder and cooler slices of Americana ever put on film. (Check out the trailer here.) I’m excited to see it turn into a feature period, let alone one with an A-lister like Penn tackling the lead. And what a role: Dorian Paskowitz went to Stanford Medical School, then ditched his job to become a roving wave guru and sire nine improbably attractive children who almost all became champion surfers. You might as well go ahead and put Penn on your Oscar ballot for 2012 (assuming, fingers crossed, that the movie actually happens).

Anybody else out there excited for this? Would it help if I linked to another Spicoli clip? Yeah, I thought so.

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