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

Feb. 4, 2011by:

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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6:55AM on 02/06/2011
Franco is the Man!!
Franco is the Man!!
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1:42AM on 02/06/2011

The coolest dude in Hollywood easily!

He's seems like one of those guys that every dude would want to have as a friend. He's funny, talented, and he doesn't have a big ass head, although he could if he wanted too! I bet he'll be around for another 40 years or longer! Keep up the cool JF!
He's seems like one of those guys that every dude would want to have as a friend. He's funny, talented, and he doesn't have a big ass head, although he could if he wanted too! I bet he'll be around for another 40 years or longer! Keep up the cool JF!
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2:49PM on 02/05/2011
Seriously, quadruple post?
Seriously, quadruple post?
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3:48PM on 02/05/2011
My bad. Computer glitch - happens every time I post something on Joblo.
My bad. Computer glitch - happens every time I post something on Joblo.
1:28PM on 02/05/2011

Lets predict the year Franco becomes overlord of Earth...

...and we start bowing to monuments made in his honour. 2013? 2014?
Best be off, the Franco-camera is forever watching. ALL HAIL JAMES FRANCO!
...and we start bowing to monuments made in his honour. 2013? 2014?
Best be off, the Franco-camera is forever watching. ALL HAIL JAMES FRANCO!
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1:28PM on 02/05/2011

Quadruple post.

Glitch. Sorry, this happens every time I post something on Joblo. My stupid computer.
Glitch. Sorry, this happens every time I post something on Joblo. My stupid computer.
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1:28PM on 02/05/2011

Quadruple post.

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1:23PM on 02/05/2011

Quadruple post.

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12:16PM on 02/05/2011

Thats better...

When Johny Depp replaced Downey , my interest in the project got lost, but my interest is now back after this casting. While I still prefer Downy, Franco can play the Wizard in a way where his not just playing himself.
When Johny Depp replaced Downey , my interest in the project got lost, but my interest is now back after this casting. While I still prefer Downy, Franco can play the Wizard in a way where his not just playing himself.
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11:13AM on 02/05/2011
Franco being the lead would be interesting. I would love to see him re-team with Raimi again after the sucess the two of them had with Spider Man. Franco is the type of versatile actor who could justice to the role.

It's amazing and great to see all of this Franco news. I remember when he used to be this unknow gem of an actor. Now it seems that he is taking over Hollywood.

Franco was almost in Inception, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Joseph Gordon Levitt would later
Franco being the lead would be interesting. I would love to see him re-team with Raimi again after the sucess the two of them had with Spider Man. Franco is the type of versatile actor who could justice to the role.

It's amazing and great to see all of this Franco news. I remember when he used to be this unknow gem of an actor. Now it seems that he is taking over Hollywood.

Franco was almost in Inception, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Joseph Gordon Levitt would later step in for him.
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11:03AM on 02/05/2011
I like Franco a lot as an actor, but let's not start putting him in EVERYTHING. "MIss Congeniality 3" starring James Franco!
I like Franco a lot as an actor, but let's not start putting him in EVERYTHING. "MIss Congeniality 3" starring James Franco!
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12:58PM on 02/05/2011
I hope Hollywood doesn't read these posts, as you've just given them a horrible idea, and possibly spawned Miss Congeniality 3 :( Bad times!
I hope Hollywood doesn't read these posts, as you've just given them a horrible idea, and possibly spawned Miss Congeniality 3 :( Bad times!
9:47AM on 02/05/2011

Interesting

Johnny Depp is a great actor, but is getting overused in the fantasy genre, as of late. IMHO I think that Franco would be a change of pace, and he's got the chops for the roll.
Johnny Depp is a great actor, but is getting overused in the fantasy genre, as of late. IMHO I think that Franco would be a change of pace, and he's got the chops for the roll.
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7:01AM on 02/05/2011

Could be interesting!

And Depp is overused in this fantasy roles anyway...
And Depp is overused in this fantasy roles anyway...
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5:56AM on 02/05/2011
My problem is that this is a prequel to a MGM classic and its being made by Disney
My problem is that this is a prequel to a MGM classic and its being made by Disney
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5:31AM on 02/05/2011
Franco and Raimi together again could be really cool.
Franco and Raimi together again could be really cool.
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3:17AM on 02/05/2011
I wouldn't have picked him for this role, in all honesty, but if he ends up making this movie I'll be interested to see how it turns out. Keeping an open mind for now.
I wouldn't have picked him for this role, in all honesty, but if he ends up making this movie I'll be interested to see how it turns out. Keeping an open mind for now.
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2:03AM on 02/05/2011
Seems like a decent kid,coming into his own finally as an actor-but! I've seen this kinda fervor over actors before aka "flavor of the day"
Seems like a decent kid,coming into his own finally as an actor-but! I've seen this kinda fervor over actors before aka "flavor of the day"
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12:24AM on 02/05/2011
James Franco's crazy awesomeness reminds me of Jeff Goldblum from the 90s. Sure, Goldblum was never as dizzyingly busy, but the two of them have the same zany charisma - like they think everything is fantastic, and when it isn't, they make it be.
James Franco's crazy awesomeness reminds me of Jeff Goldblum from the 90s. Sure, Goldblum was never as dizzyingly busy, but the two of them have the same zany charisma - like they think everything is fantastic, and when it isn't, they make it be.
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12:12AM on 02/05/2011
Hey, his arm grew back! He IS a great and powerful actor! Amazing.
Hey, his arm grew back! He IS a great and powerful actor! Amazing.
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12:11AM on 02/05/2011

This makes perfect sense.

I'm glad Downey and Depp turned the role down because all they would have done is brought their usual 'characters' to a role that's more complex. I think Franco will do great.
I'm glad Downey and Depp turned the role down because all they would have done is brought their usual 'characters' to a role that's more complex. I think Franco will do great.
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