Mila Kunis may not have an Oscar nomination but don’t cry: her career is doing fine. That 70’s star is in talks to play Theodora, The Wicked Witch of the West in Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz, The Great and Powerful. The Army of Darkness director’s upcoming film is a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz, and tells the story of how a carnival magician came to the magical land and convinced the land he was a great wizard. That doesn’t sound bad, but as long as Raimi makes Kunis say "This is my broomstick!" we’re happy.
Robert Downey Jr. had signed on to the project but exited last month, leaving the starring role open. Although initially rumored to be Johnny Depp’s for the taking, it appears that Raimi is instead courting new Academy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours) for the title character. The Vulture reports that Kunis’s involvement has helped to secure Franco’s involvement.
Mila Kunis became available for Oz, The Great and Powerful after leaving The Hughes Bros. remake of the classic anime/manga Akira, in which she was set to play the freedom fighter Kei. With Akira struggling to keep a cast together – Brad Pitt recently turned down the lead role of teenaged biker Kaneda, which sounds like a perfectly reasonable decision to us – Kunis’s departure places the sci-fi epic’s future into a dystopian level of doubt.
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