Johnny Depp says “No” to OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Two weeks ago, Tinseltown was buzzing with the news that Johnny Depp was in talks with Disney to fill in for the departing Robert Downey, Jr. in the Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, the Great and Powerful. Oz, to be directed by Sam Raimi, is a high-priority project for Disney and was due to shoot in the latter half of 2011. Johnny Depp has now said “No” to playing Oz; the Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit reports that “after several meetings,” Johnny “ultimately passed last night [Thursday, February 3].” Disney is now pursuing James Franco for the role of the wizard-to-be. Johnny’s next project will be playing Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows for Tim Burton.

The Zone thanks Theresa for sharing the news; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The Hollywood Reporter story is HERE.