Robert Downey Eyed To Star in Sam Raimi’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Prequel

A few months ago, Robert Downey Jr. was speaking at an Iron Man 2 press conference and joked that he has been offered just about every role there was to be offered out there, since he blew up the screen in the first Iron Man film. It seems that this story is proof of that, as Disney has just signed him to star in the upcoming Wizard of Oz prequel, titled Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Raimi was confirmed to be directing the film over the weekend, and now will be working with the modern day chameleon, Downey. Of course, after the success of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the film will definitely be in 3D. From MTV:

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is already set to star Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role. The story follows the future wizard, a circus wrangler in the real world, as he is carried away to the magical land by a tornado. The people who live there mistake him for a powerful being and thus, a legend is born.

This would be the first film that Raimi has been attached to since walking off of Sony’s Spider-Man 4 when they decided to go for a High School Musical-style reboot. While we’re sure Disney is hoping for a repeat of Burton’s Alice, we the fans are all hoping that we don’t have to sit through another 90 minute CGI acid trip.

  • Jake Bourne
    June 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I don’t think Raimi “walked off” Spidey 4. Sounds more like Sony told him and Tobey to take a hike and went for the lower-cost no-name reboot option.

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