Zach Braff joins 'Oz' prequel
May 27th, 2011
05:02 PM ET

Zach Braff joins 'Oz' prequel

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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  1. Ela

    Am I the only one who saw "Zach Braff joins 'Oz' prequel" and immediately imagined him getting it on with Christopher Meloni?

    May 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Makes you wonder what L. Frank Baum would think of the backstory. Braff's a fine actor with a gift for comedy. It might work.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Loud Noises

    So there are about 40 Oz novels that they could have made into movies, but they want to make a prequel? This so ridiculously stupid.
    Also @JS- In the book Dorothy has silver shoes that she uses to get home, and everyone is excited to see her. It wasn't all a dream for her. The movie version ended in quite a silly way.

    May 30, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. JS

    How could they make a Wizard of Oz PREQUEL? It was Dorothy's @#$@#King dream. Leave the classics alone- Hollywood Morons! We live in a time of the most TALENTLESS show business people in history. It's a good thing for them that their audience is made up of more and more morons who let them get away with all their crap. I hope this one truly bombs.

    May 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peace

    Good girl, Jen ! Now your getting the right idea ! (About trolling) Good one, you made me laugh!

    May 29, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Argle Bargle

    Well, there goes the neighborhood.

    May 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lloyd Christmas

    @Jen. That's hot!

    May 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jen

    Men are always talking and fantasizing about the perfect three way with two beautiful "bi" girls,well if Zach and James were both about twelve years younger they'd be mine.

    May 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Countryboy

    Its a new day a new age http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE buy now!

    May 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. itsamemario

    Well it could be worse..fucc what am i sayin, look besides the women (who i like) this movie is just not as appealing as when robert downey jr was attached. now just checking it out to see some wicked witch action..

    May 28, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Baker

    I hope it's still synchronized to Darkside

    May 28, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Mad R@p3r

    Zach Braff is one of hollywoods biggest gay stars. A lot of h0mophobes will deny this but they're just blinded by their prejudice.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Em

    Uh none of these people are gay or lesbian; James Franco is the only one that I know of to ever make any sort of statement indicating that he may not be straight.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. friend

    Its a GLEE thing girlfrieeeend. You just wouldnt understand.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. debbie

    The whole cast of this show are either lesbians or gays. Are they doing this to make a statement ?

    May 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Idiot! LoL who is gay or lesbian in this cast? People are so dumb. And even if they are what does that have to do with their acting skills. God you are one of those people who are so pathetic LoL

      July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

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