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James Franco Closing Disney Deal For 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

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While James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been busy pulling it together to host Sunday's Oscarcast, Franco's CAA reps and Disney have closed his deal to play the title role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. That puts the film on track to begin production in July, with Franco reuniting with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in the prequel to the L. Frank Baum novel that was scripted by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Joe Roth is producing.

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Crazay3530d ago

I think this could be a showcase for just how versatile he really is as an actor. I would have to imagine that the Wizard is a bit of a wild guy (though hopefully not like the Depp's Mad Hatter or Willy Wonka) and James can take this character and turn it into something of his own.

JL3530d ago

I agree. This could even be something of a breakout for him in showcasing his range. I wouldn't mind a bit of that Mad Hatter or Willy Wonka style, just maybe not as overboard. But definitely in the sense that he kinda takes a page out of Depp's book. Could be interesting.

Crazay3529d ago

Ya - That's a good point. I wonder what direction they want to take with the movie because from what i can remember of Oz, it was al rainbows and lollipops with some seriously dark and angry undertones to it mixed in there.

Soldierone3528d ago

It will defo be darker, more twisted, and more visually impressive. We know that much lol. I think the acting style and artistic art direction is whats going to set it apart. Alot of forested mystical areas and what not.

MrMyers3530d ago

Franco is a great actor and he is a beast i'll probably give anything he does a try after seeing how great he did in 127 hours

-MD-3530d ago

Have you seen Pineapple Express? He's also an extremely funny guy.

Sunny_D3530d ago

Oh, yeah definitely Pineapple Express. He was really funny. I wonder if they have a Part 2 coming. But, they didn't really show his acting abilities in the Spider man movies. But, instead he was able to show it in other types of movies. I hope he does good.

-MD-3529d ago

A sequel to Pineapple Express is supposedly being worked on.

From the wiki "On January 6th 2011, while on The Howard Stern Show, a caller asked Seth Rogen if a sequel was in the works, and Rogen replied, "We talk about doing a sequel to that movie. They desperately want us to make it because of how cheap it was to make and how much money it ultimately made. We might do it.""

-MD-3530d ago

127 Hours launched his career big time. Did Mila Kunis ever fully sign on? They NEED to get her to play the witch.

Soldierone3528d ago

I think this movie needs Johnny Depp attatched to some degree to teach Franco how its done. Otherwise it probably wont get his full potential out of it.