April 26th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
Hilary Swank's next acting gig could take her somewhere over the rainbow. The two-time Oscar winner is being eyed for a role in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel.
According to Vulture, director Sam Raimi wants Swank to play an elder witch in "Oz, the Great and Powerful." The upcoming fantasy flick tells the backstory of such beloved characters as the Wizard and Glinda the Good Witch, and reveals info about the lesser-known Wicked Witch of the East, Evanorah, who had a house fall on her when Dorothy dropped in.
But if Disney has its way, Swank will get cast when monkeys fly: The studio reportedly is urging Raimi to hire Michelle Williams instead.
This isn't the first casting shakeup on the film. Robert Downey Jr. was originally set to play the Wizard but dropped out and was replaced by James Franco. Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis is also reportedly in talks to play Evanorah's sister Theodorah, who would go on to become Dorothy's nemesis, the Wicked Witch of the West.
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