Zach Braff to star in 'Oz, the Great and Powerful,' report says
Zach Braff is reportedly in final negotiations to star in the new "Wizard of Oz" movie prequel, "Oz, the Great and Powerful."
The 36-year-old actor will take on the role of Frank, the loyal wizard's assistant who is underappreciated by James Franco, who plays the title role, Deadline reports.
The story follows an illusionist who ends up in Oz after a tornado blows his hot air balloon off course and later becomes the wizard and ruler of the magical land.
Theodora starts off as a good witch but decides to join forces with her evil sisters after Franco's character rejects her sexual advances.
Sam Raimi, who directed Franco in the "Spider-Man" trilogy, is the director of "Oz, the Great and Powerful." The film is scheduled to start shooting in July in Michigan and Disney plans to release the 3D film on March 8, 2013.
Zach Braff is best known for his long-running role as Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian in the ABC show "Scrubs." He also wrote, directed and starred in the film "Garden State."
The actor's first play "All New People" is opening off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre on July 25. He also stars in the upcoming Tribeca Films feature, "High Cost of Living."
The iconic 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" is based on the 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. More than a dozen sequels were published and the third book, "Ozma of Oz," was adapted into the 1985 movie "Return to Oz," which stars Fairuza Balk and Jean Marsh.
An animated "Oz" film is also in the works - "Dorothy of Oz." The 2012 movie features the voices of "Glee" actress Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd and "Star Trek" star Patrick Stewart. "Glee" guest stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth who played witches in the musical "Wicked," which is adapted from a novel that is also based on characters from "The Wizard of Oz."