May 27th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
Zach Braff is scrubbing up for a splashy new movie role. The actor has just been cast in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz: The Great and Powerful."
According to Deadline, Braff will play Frank, the "loyal but underappreciated" assistant to Oz (James Franco).
In the film, Oz is a charismatic circus magician who is mistaken for a wizard after his balloon goes off course and touches ground in a land somewhere over the rainbow. Believing he has powers, the townsfolk ask Oz to help them defeat the Wicked Witch.
Besides Franco, Michelle Williams has joined the cast as Glinda the Good Witch, and Rachel Weisz is circling the role of Wicked Witch of the East Evanorah, who, long before Dorothy's house did her in, attempts to draw her little sister Theodorah over to the dark side.
It works: Theodorah, played by Mila Kunis, eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
The 3-D "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is set to begin filming in Michigan in July for a March 8, 2013 release.
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