Dakota Fanning to Star in Wizard of Oz Sequel?

Dakota Fanning might be following the yellow-brick road soon.

British newspaper Express reports that the New Moon actress is being considered for the starring role in an upcoming sequel to The Wizard of Oz, which would be “darker and more action-packed” than the 1939 original.

Producer Basil Iwanyk explains, “It will be set in the present day and feature Dorothy’s granddaughter.”

Adds co-producer Todd McFarlane, “You’ve still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she’s much closer to the Ripley character from Alien [Sigourney Weaver] than a helpless singing girl.”

Filming on the project could begin next year.

Let us know in the comments section: Would Dakota Fanning be a good choice for this project—and who should be cast as the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion?