Robert Downey Jr. is no longer attached to star in Sam Raimi’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, the highly anticipated prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Disney is already on the look-out for a replacement, with the studio said to be in negotiations with Johnny Depp to take on the role [Heat Vision | THR]:
Sam Raimi is due to direct the tale of Oz as a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude 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.
Disney hopes to start production on the project in the second half of this year.