Zach Braff in final talks to join OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
Deadline is reporting that Zach Braff is in final negotiations to join Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL for Disney. Seeing as how the actor tweeted a link to the Deadline story earlier today, I'd say that pretty much confirms he's in.
Braff will play Frank, assistant to James Franco's Oz. In this prequel to the classic tale, Oz is a circus magician whose balloon blows off course and he finds himself in the land of Oz, where he is treated as a powerful wizard who the townsfolk believe is their savior against the evil Wicked Witch. Mila Kunis is set to play the witch Theodora with Michelle Williams playing Glinda and Rachel Weisz as Evanora.
Better start clicking your heels because there's no place like the theater on March 8th of 2013, as that's when the film hits. Production begins this July in Michigan.
Braff has begun to pop up more now that his nine year stint on Scrubs has ended. He just appeared in the indie HIGH COST OF LIVING and has his first play, All New People, premiering off Broadway the same month he starts filming OZ. Braff is also set to star in THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA with Chloe Moretz and Jessica Biel, but they looks as if it may have to wait until after he's finished filming OZ.
He's also recently talked about returning to the director's chair for his sophomore effort following 2003's GARDEN STATE.