- PROBLEMS IN OZ
Seems that there are already problems in the Wizard of OZ prequel film, entitled OZ The Great and Powerful.
Vulture reports that Disney Studios and director Sam Raimi are going into battle over who should play the key role of an elder witch in Oz The Great And Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz that recounts how the wizard (to be played by James Franco) came to Oz.
Vulture claims that director Raimi wants to cast Oscar winner Hilary Swank, star of Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, & Conviction, in the role. Hilary and Raimi have worked together in The Gift, so the director feels that she would perfect for this role. However, Disney is demanding that Michelle Williams, star of Dawson’s Creek, BrokeBack Mountain & Blue Valentine, play the part.
Raimi wanted to cast John C. Reilly as the wizard's sidekick, but that the actor opted to take a role in The Hunger Games instead.