Zooey Deschanel (Elf) has been cast in the Sci Fi mini-series Tin Man, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz.
Deschanel will take on the role of DG, a young woman plucked from her humdrum life and thrust into The Outer Zone (the O.Z.) a fantastical realm rife with wonder, but oppressed by dark magic. She joins Alan Cumming (previously announced), who plays “Glitch,” one of a motley assortment of colorful characters trapped in the O.Z.
A sometimes psychedelic, often twisted and always outrageous take on the book, SCI FI’s ‘Tin Man’ follows DG on the adventure of a lifetime. Plunged headlong into another world, DG (Deschanel) must discover her true identity, battle evil winged-monkey-bats, and attempt to fulfill her destiny. Her perilous journey begins on the fabled Old Road that leads to a wizard known as the Mystic Man. Along the way, she is joined by a decidedly strange trio of companions “Glitch,” (Cumming) an odd man missing half his brain; “Raw,” a quietly powerful wolverine-like creature longing for inner courage, and “Cain,” a heroic former policeman (known in the O.Z. as Tin Men, for their tin badges) seeking vengeance for his scarred heart. Ultimately, DG’s destiny leads her to an emotional and terrifying showdown with the scintillatingly wicked sorceress Azkadellia, whose ties to DG are closer than anyone could have imagined. DG’s life, as well as the very future of the O.Z., hangs in the balance.
The mini-series event is scheduled to air in the Winter of 2007.
Source: [Sci Fi Press Release]