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The Daily Franco: Oz the Great and Powerful may be James Franco instead of Johnny Depp

02.04.2011

The James Franco global domination continues! Actor, writer, director, scholar, Oscar host... James Franco must be secretly dabbling in theoretical physics and somehow manipulating his own personal space-time in order to squeeze an extra dozen hours into each day. Seems like the only reasonable explanation for how he can get so much done. Or maybe the rest of us are just lazy.

At any rate, Franco is now reportedly up for yet another project, traveling somewhere over the rainbow for director Sam Raimi's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, a prequel to the classic WIZARD OF OZ.

The Disney project started with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role, and Johnny Depp was approached when RDJ departed. Now that Depp has passed, the production has moved on to negotiations with Franco -- who first found his face before mass audiences thanks to Raimi's SPIDER-MAN trilogy.

This OZ tale (formerly going by the title BRICK) is being produced by ALICE IN WONDERLAND's Joe Roth, and explores how the Wizard arrived in the psychedelic fantasy realm as part of a traveling circus from Kansas before he ultimately stepped behind the curtain.

Extra Tidbit: What will Franco be doing tomorrow? Stay tuned!
Source: Heat Vision

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