According to Heat Vision Oscar nominee and Oscar host James Franco is in early talks to reunite with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi for Oz, the Great and Powerful.
Raimi signed up to direct last year with Robert Downey Jr. circling, but he’s busy in Marvel land so had to bail. Naturally Disney turned to Johnny Depp, but he’s already been there, done that with Alice in Wonderland. So now Franco is the their next choice, and it’s an interesting one.
Oz, the Great and Powerful follows a circus wrangler who is transported by a tornado to the mysterious world of Oz. Once there he gets mistaken for a know-it-all, and eventually becomes the Wizard of Oz.
Heat Vision says Franco was only offered the role recently and hasn’t had chance to meet with Raimi yet, but knowing Franco’s career choices he’ll jump at the chance (if it doesn’t conflict with his TV soap appearances).
Oz, the Great and Powerful doesn’t have a start date or release date, but the movie is apparently a high priority for the studio and they hope to start production in the second half of 2011.
Can you imagine Franco playing the Wizard of Oz? Or should they just give Sam Rockwell a call?