James Franco Up for Lead in ‘Oz’ Remake
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 127 Hours star and apparent workaholic is now up for the lead role in Sam Raimi’s upcoming Wizard of Oz revamp Oz, the Great and Powerful. Robert Downey Jr. was originally cast in the title role of the Disney production, though he dropped out several weeks ago due to scheduling conflicts. Johnny Depp was then in contention to replace Downey, but he too has backed out.
If he signs on, Franco will assume the role of “a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a traveling circus” and whose “hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is run by two magical wicked witches.”
Though Franco hasn’t yet met with Raimi to discuss the project, be has a professional history with the director, having played baddie the Harry Osborn in the director’s Spider-Man 3.
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