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Zach Braff Now in Talks for Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'

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May 27, 2011
Source: Deadline

Zach Braff

Though some audiences have seen him in the Tribeca Film Festival selected film High Cost of Living, most of us haven't seen Zach Braff on the big screen since 2006 when he was in both The Ex and The Last Kiss. But now it sounds like the actor will return to movies in a big way as Deadline reports Braff is finalizing a deal to star in Sam Raimi's next film Oz: The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz. Braff will take the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco) a magician who flees his traveling circus in a hot air balloon only to be blown off course into the land of Oz.

The magician is treated as a powerful wizard and recruited to get rid of the Wicked Witch disturbing the peace. Mila Kunis is playing the wicked witch Theodora, while Rachel Weisz is playing her ill-tempered sister Evanora. Meanwhile Michelle Williams was recently recruited to play Glinda the Good Witch. The film is slated to start shooting in July with an eye towards a 3D release on March 8th, 2013, so it will be awhile before we see the first frame of film from the project. As for Braff's casting, the role sounds like it's perfect for him knowing the kind of character he played on "Scrubs," and I'm looking forward to his return to film.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

wasn't Wizard of Oz a big dream?...why bother with a prequel?

Jericho on May 27, 2011

2

I hope you know what you're doing Sam...

ff on May 27, 2011

3

I can see him fitting this role well. Had enough practice taking shit from Dr. Cox, so I can see the comical self-deprication/under appreciation going on here. Maybe combine JD's character with Ted. 

Nick Sears on May 27, 2011

4

Someone kill this project. I know it may be asking for much, dear Lord, especially since you just answered my prayer to take out David O. Russell on Uncharted. But I need you to kill Raimi's Oz film. It's for his own good. 

Possum on May 27, 2011

5

Please, no.

Craig on May 27, 2011

6

Please god, no!!!

Lordcanyon on May 27, 2011

7

If you are in a show for seven years, and for every one of those years a dude who was last in Clueless is funnier than you, give the fuck up. 

Lebowski on May 28, 2011

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