Rachel Weisz in talks to join Disney's 'Oz' prequel


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Would you believe Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis as sisters? You know, the broom-riding, flying-monkey commanding, perhaps green-skin-hued kind of sisters.

Weisz is the latest big name in talks for Disney’s upcoming Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful — produced by Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) — potentially joining Kunis as one of the film’s evil witches. In the story, which takes place before the classic L. Frank Baum tale, the witches war with James Franco’s titular wizard, who starts out not so great and powerful, but rather as a snake-oil huckster whisked away to the magical land.

The deal with Weisz is not yet locked, however, according to sources close to the production. Robert Downey, Jr. was expected to play the wizard at one point, but the negotiations fell through. The title is attracting interest from major talent, however, partly because of the runaway success of Wonderland, which earned more than $1 billion worldwide.

Oz, the Great and the Powerful is expected in 2013.

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  • Chris

    I wish Disney didn’t have their stink on it. When can we get a Wicked movie!

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    • miss k

      Amen!! I want a Wicked movie!

    • Your Queen

      CRAP. I thought they were talking about HBO’s prison series OZ. Not the fairyland OZ.

    • Allie

      just what i was thinking chris!

  • Reed

    Honestly, Rachel Weisz seems like the only good casting this film has.

  • Felix

    Actually, I can totally buy Weisz and Kunis as sisters.

    • LOL

      I hope they end up not really sisters so they can make out.

      • gupta

        I hope they make out AS sisters

  • joblo

    Just give us Wicked already!

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  • katie

    Eh, James Franco? Anyone but him please. I could definitely see RDJ as the Wizard.

    Weisz and Kunis would be good.

    • Chris

      RDJ plays every role over the top. I like the choice of Franco.

      • katie

        I think he would be great….but he’s probably super busy coming up. I am just not a Franco fan.

    • dean

      I cant see RDJ play the wizard, i dont se it. Depp yes he’s a perfect choice, an odvious choice actually, but Im stating to get tired of Depp playing every role the same. He needs to change and pick stronger roles. I still love Depp though.

      As for Franco I like him, he’s proven that he can carry a film and is a strong actor ( Howl, 127 hours, James Dean) but a Disney film i dont know. I stil cant see him play the Oz. But Its still too early to know.

      But then again I didnt think he could do comedy, and he proved me wrong with pineaple express. And Im pretty sure he wil prove me wrong with Oz aswell.

      BTW Weisz would be perfect to play Mila Kunis’ sister, they look so similar. And she’s a wonderful actress.

    • sara

      well theres nothing u can do now he’s (franco) is already cast.

      It’ll be interesting to see him play a role like this. I still cant picture him in a Disney film idk why. But Im intrigued to see Weisz and Franco working together. There both strong actor’s.

  • Josie

    I thought they were talking about the HBO show with all the floppy d*cks.

    • Victorian Lilac

      Same here!

    • Mark

      I wonder what Disney’s prequel to HBO’s Oz would be like…

    • tvgirl48

      Me too! Although it’s not my fault entirely, the shortened form of the headline left out the word Disney.

    • Lola

      Glad I wasn’t the only one.

  • Nope

    Fairuza Balk… she played Dorothy in ‘Return to Oz’, but grew into a teenage witch for ‘The Craft’. She’d be perfect for this film. That scene with the heads in ‘Return to Oz’ still gives me nightmares. Don’t get me started on THE WHEELERS. If you haven’t seen ‘Disney’s Return to Oz’, rent it.

    • Flip

      I LOVE this movie! Return to Oz is Disney’s sequel to the MGM classic. Love it! This prequel doesn’t interest me because it obviously won’t include my favourite character, Dorothy Gale.

    • Cara

      Oh yeah, Return to Oz is cool! IMHO, it’s largely because some of the best stuff (like those creepy Wheelers!) are straight out of Baum’s books. Great books. Rad movie.

  • Color Me Impressed

    Sigh, the cast and crew behind this thing is excellent, why does the movie have to sound so d*mn bad?

  • Dom

    Rachel Weisz is amazingly gorgeous. This sensual woman is indescribably beautiful. I hope that she does more American mainstream movies from now on.

  • Focus

    When casting these roles from a viewer’s perspective we must remember there is another Disney character that is the good intentioned inventor of all these apparatuses, which could be the target for someone of malicious, or evil, intentions. That kind of good character would be the focus of the wicked witch, not just the snake oil salesperson. The title “Oz: The Great And Powerful” could be describing one person, a salesman turned opportunist wizard, or both the inventor as well.

    There is a real life American physicist/inventor during the same time period of this film. A person that Mark Twain and others wrote about as a real person that electrified the world (wired and wirelessly for real in the 1800s), and unjustly from many tangent levels as a mad scientist (myth) by others that couldn‘t comprehend his science and O.C. ethics. But I won’t mention any of his 700 U.S. patents, just in case Disney decides to use some of them.

    If Disney gets the right accent and look then we have a déjà vu block buster on Houston Street all over again. It’s fun reading and observing this process of choosing actors for these characters. I’m a free agent and non-SAG (for now), so I can comment, LOL!

    Ooops, I forgot, this movie is based on someone’s book!

  • rachel

    So…they’re making Wicked? Also, if your article is about the Wizard of Oz, write Wizard of Oz, or Return to Oz, or whatever you mean to say because just Oz could refer to other things. The same goes for Wonderland. And lastly, casting James Franco as anything other than a stoner is always a mistake, because that’s the only role he can pull off.

    • Dave

      “And lastly, casting James Franco as anything other than a stoner is always a mistake, because that’s the only role he can pull off.”
      Yeah, like remember when he was in that movie 127 Hours, and he didn’t play a stoner, and he really sucked in the movie and wasn’t nominated for any awards except a Razzie? Oh wait…

  • Rush

    I thought this was going to be about the prison drama.

  • Justin

    She stole the best supporting actress Oscar from Michelle Williams.

    • Kel

      Stole? Michelle Williams performace was not that good

      • William

        Michelle Williams was barely in her film and its a pretty poor performance. Rachel Weisz was the heart and soul of her film.

  • whatup

    No, she stole it from Amy Adams actually.

    • Joel V.

      Don’t usually get into these issues but Weisz actually deserved it that year.

      • Santra

        I agree, Rachel’s performance in “The Constant Gardener” was the most deserving.

    • William

      Amy Adams was a bit too over the top with the wide eyed country girl bit. She was great but Rachel Weisz’s performance still holds up as a better rounded performance.

      • ?

        Nobody even remembers what ‘The Constant Gardner’ was about… seriously (don’t Google it either)… the movie isn’t memorable by any means… not even for her performance… I find her to be an excellent actress, but not in that film… that year shouldn’t have been her year. Simple.

      • Santra

        Rachel Weisz deserves her Oscar in spades, her performance in “The Constant Gardner” still packs a powerful punch. I personally did not care for Amy Adams performance at all.

      • Santra

        To ?, more people remember “The Constant Gardener” than remember “Junebug”.

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