Zach Braff Knows Jack about ‘Oz’


As reported by Deadline‘s Mike Fleming, Zach Braff might be the next big name to head to Oz. The actor is in negotiations for the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco) in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Since leaving “Scrubs” last year, Braff hasn’t exactly been lighting up the silver screen. Instead he has been spending his time writing his first play, which opens off-Broadway in July. Meanwhile, he can also be seen starring in the drama High Cost of Living, currently playing On Demand.

As for Oz, it’s described as a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz written by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Ten Yards) and influenced by creator L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” books including some ideas of his own turning the wizard into a charlatan in Kansas who’s part of a traveling circus but goes on a similar odyssey as Dorothy when he mysteriously lands in Oz where he gets mistaken for a know-it-all.

The principal cast is rounded out by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Joey King and is set for a March 8, 2013 release in 3D.