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July 17, 2012 | By

James Franco to star in a new take on The Wizard of Oz

James Franco's list of accomplishments this year is getting ridiculously long. Perhaps to remind us that he is still an A-list actor just as much as he is an author, curator, zebra (who knows anymore?), Franco is taking on The Wizard of Oz.

Franco will play Oz himself in Sami Rami’s upcoming interpretation of "The Wizard of OZ." Re-titling the film to “OZ: The Great and Powerful” has already given the film a bit of a darker feel, fitting of both James Franco and Sam Rami. Besides Franco, Rami has packed his upcoming feature with stars like Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weiss, which, if nothing else, is certainly going to make for a more attractive OZ.

While It’s sometimes a shame to tamper with a classic, Rami’s focus on the back-story of the wizard himself paired with the over the top imagery and hint of darkness, sounds like it just might work. But we'll have to wait quite a while for our trip back to the Emerald City, the film doesn't come out until March 8 2013.

Watch the trailer for  Sam Rami's "OZ: The Great and Powerful" starring James Franco below.

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