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James Franco in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp in "Wizard of Oz" Prequel

Posted: February 5th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
James Franco in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp in "Wizard of Oz" PrequelSubmit Comment
At one point director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) had to choose between "World of Warcraft" and a "Wizard of Oz" prequel as his next project. He went with the "Oz" prequel, called "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which already had Robert Downey Jr on board to play the wizard.

But Downey recently dropped out, leaving Disney without a lead actor. The studio then entered discussions with Johnny Depp, but the deal fell through on Thursday. So now, Disney is hoping that James Franco (127 Hours) can step in.

If cast, Franco will re-team with his "Spider-Man" director and will play Oz, a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a traveling circus. His hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is run by two magical wicked witches.

At this point, "Oz: The Great and Powerful," has yet to set a start or release date, but Disney is hoping to begin production in the second half of the this year.

Source: THR


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minkowski writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 3:06:11 PM

Good idea. Let someone else take on the eccentric goofy roles for change, Depp.

Besides, don't you have a another Carter/Burton threesome planned for some time soon?
Electro Rock writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 3:14:26 PM

Bobcat Goldthwait on a sh*t ton of coke should play the wizard.
velocityknown writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 4:02:01 PM

Hell yeah.
trailertrash writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 4:05:12 PM

He would cut his right arm off for this opportunity to work with Sam again...
Powdered Toast Man writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 7:38:27 PM

Ugh, this movie has "lame" written all over it.
masht7 writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 8:10:17 PM

I'm still waiting for a 'Wicked' adaption.
bandolero999 writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 8:16:30 PM

James Franco again(oh god) sorry i rather watch Johny Depp,crispin glover,or former cokehead Downey Jr anyday franco has not even a quarter of acting talent than this three
dorkus1226 writes:
on February 5th, 2011 at 8:50:36 PM

I am a little tired of seeing depp in every other movie nowadays. I've always liked James Franco, i think he'd be a great oz!
SaulSilver writes:
on February 6th, 2011 at 12:11:52 PM

Sam Raimi is extremely overrated.
Maacho writes:
on February 6th, 2011 at 12:31:05 PM

James Franco ofc!
minkowski writes:
on February 6th, 2011 at 3:39:59 PM

Downey is always good for anything. The guy may be a douchebag in life, but he plays a cool guy in all his films.

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