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Sunday, February 27, 2011


Actor James Franco is set to play the title role in new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Franco's deal with Disney puts the film on track to begin production in July, with Franco reuniting with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi.

The film, based on the L Frank Baum novel, is the prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz.

Robert Downey Jnr had originally been in talks to star in the film but Franco will now begin filming in the summer, according to Hollywood site Deadline.

The script, written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire, will focus on the iconic character's past as a circus wrangler who is transported to the fairytale land by a tornado, where he's mistaken for a powerful wizard

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