Zach Braff is nearing a deal to join the cast of Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful for Disney. Braff would take on the role of "Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco), a charismatic circus magician who is treated as a powerful wizard after his balloon blows off course into Oz and the townsfolk want him to eradicate a Wicked Witch and bring peace." Mila Kunis is set to star as the witch Theodora, Michelle Williams will star as Glinda and Rachel Weisz will play Evanora. Filming begins in Michigan in July, based on a script by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. The film is being produced by Joe Roth, Josh Donen and Grant Curtis, with Palek Patel serving as executive producer. Disney is set to release the film in 3D on March 8, 2013.

Braff recently penned his first play, All New People, which opens off-Broadway on July 25 at the Second Stage Theatre. He can currently be seen in the Tribeca Films feature High Cost of Living. I am not really a big fan of Braff, and think that this is not a good casting choice. John C. Reilly was being considered for the role from what I recall. The cast has been so good up until this point, this is a downgrade in my mind. What are your thoughts?

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