James Franco in Talks to Star in Sam Raimi’s OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL After Johnny Depp Passes

     February 4, 2011


And the revolving door on the production of Oz, The Great and Powerful keeps on spinning. Just two weeks ago, it was reported that Johnny Depp was in talks to star in the film as the titular Oz following Robert Downey Jr.’s exit from the project a few months back. Well, now it looks like Depp ultimately passed on the film late last night and producers are now in talks with James Franco to tackle the role of the Wizard.

Sam Raimi (the first three Spider-Man films) is set to direct the prequel/re-imaging of The Wizard of Oz which would tell the story of how the Wizard came to end up in Oz and become the all-powerful Wizard. Heat Vision reports that the film is a top priority for Disney and producer Joe Roth hopes to start shooting during the second half of this year. Franco seems a bit of an odd choice, but he usually knocks every role he takes on out of the park. If he ends up joining the film, it’ll be interesting to see his take on the character. To catch up on this long-gestating project, click here.

  • Neo_3

    Would be a tight schedule with Wrath of the Titans.

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  • Al

    wow even compared to Johnny Depp, Franco is a poor choice. Downey jr. would have been perfect. They should get Jim Carrey. Franco’s too aloof for a fantasy role like this.

    • Giovanni

      Couldnt agree with you more Al , they need a big personality to potray OZ , Franco is a good actor but not good enough to pull off this role , it reminds me of john c reilly in that vampire movie , they needed a higher profile personality actor to lead that film , a bigger draw and more flamboyant !

      • Ringbearer1420

        Oh so Jim Carrey? That’s why series of unfortunate events was such a great franchise. John C Riley actually acts. Frank Morgan, the original Wizard, was a actual actor. And in the books the Wizard isn’t some flamboyant goof.
        With Oz, like any other great FANTASY it’s how the world at large I’d approached, no one character defines Oz. But a poorly conceived movie might.

  • Ringbearer1420

    Fucking cast someone who looks like the Wizard of Oz. Don’t try to cast some one young and handsome and A-list.
    It’s a character actors role, and an older actors role (Downey and Depp of course don’t look their age). Some one like John C Riley, or Michael Gambon. Either way this movie is just some made up BS with nothing to do with the books so I won’t be seeing it.

  • Anonymous

    ok, ringbearer then hopefully they cast Franco and watch this movie tank , just like no one saw 127 hours and wont bother with rise of the apes either

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