Johnny Depp Replaces Robert Downey Jr. in Disney’s OZ
Robert Downey Jr. out, Johnny Depp in? Those are the latest rumors that are being tossed around Hollywood, with TheWrap.com reporting that the come-back actor has dropped out of OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, the new Disney film that is being heralded as a quasi-sequel to The Wizard Of Oz. Directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Joe Roth, the movie focuses on a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who’s forced to flee a traveling circus. When his hot air balloon gets caught in a tornado, he’s swept to the magical land of Oz, which is run by not one, but two wicked witches.
Although Downey Jr. was never officially signed to the project, he had been attached for some time before news broke that he was no longer involved in the film. If scheduling can be worked out and Depp signs on, his involvement in the film would make him one of the current busiest actors in Hollywood – in addition to soon being seen in the upcoming films Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, he is on board to play Tonto in Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer’s update of The Lone Ranger, and is also set to shoot Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows this spring.
No release date has been set for OZ as of yet, but production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the second half of 2011.
What do you think? Is Johnny Depp a good choice to replace Robert Downey Jr., or should he stick to smaller, more quirky films that have made him the star that he is today? Are you excited for the film? I love anything that Johnny Depp does, so count me in for being excited that he might be involved in this project.
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