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Robert Downey Jr. out, Johnny Depp in talks for OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 20th, 2011

Apparently there isn’t a single tentpole that actor Johnny Depp won’t have his name mentioned alongside.

According to THR, Robert Downey Jr. has left the upcoming Sam Raimi project, OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, with the aforementioned A-lister currently in talks to take over the hotly talked-about role.

The film will follow a young Oz, an illusionist who is “forced to flee a traveling circus. His hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the land of Oz, which is run by two magical wicked witches.”

With the actor openly admitting that he’d be all in for a fifth addition to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise, it appears as though the actor has had his fill with smaller fare, and will be focusing on major studio projects for the foreseeable future. For example, this should be the final nail in the coffin that is Emir Kusturica film, the Pancho Villa biopic known as WILD ROSES, TENDER ROSES, the most interesting film on the actor’s slate. Toss in his upcoming role as Tonto in the forthcoming LONE RANGER feature film, and you have a relatively uninteresting set of projects.

However, he’s still a really engaging actor, so this could have fallen into much worse hands. That said, I’d be damned if I didn’t say that the loss of Downey from this project is a sad one.

What do you think?

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