James Franco circling role in Sam Raimi’s OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

James Franco is in talks with Disney for the lead role in Sam Rami‘s OZ, The Great and Powerful

Robert Downey Jr. was attached to the project for a long time, he eventually dropped out and Johnny Depp went into negotiations for the role as his replacement. Depp has passed on the role as well, and now Franco is the studios next choice. 

That is a huge age difference, but Franco is a great actor, and I’m sure he could pull of the role of the Wizard wonderfully. He’s in early discussions so keep your fingers crossed. He’s worked with Raimi before on the Spider-Man films so I can definitley see things working out. 
The story focus’ on a younger Wizard, and his background story of how he got to Oz and became the great and powerful wizard. Here’s a more detailed look at the story that was leaked last year.

The would have the Wizard — a snake-oil salesman posing as a magician — enter Oz via a hot-air balloon, which he uses to escape an angry husband who has found out that Oz slept with his wife. There, Oz — a fast-talking huckster who wears a velveteen frock coat — falls in love with Glinda (the Good Witch), and the two combine forces to Fight the Evil Witches Evanora and Theodora. Theodora starts out as a good witch, but after Oz jilts her sexual advances, Evanora — the truly evil witch — convinces Theodora to become an evil witch with her and help her to rule all of Oz. Both Evanora and Theodora are described as incredibly attractive, seductive women, and Theodora likes to wear black, thigh-high boots.

What are your thoughts on Franco starring in the new OZ movie?
Source: THR
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