James Franco Set For Sam Raimi’s “Oz”

He was in talks, but now it’s official – James Franco has signed on to play the lead in Sam Raimi’s “Oz, The Great and Powerful” for Disney Pictures says Deadline.

This prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” tells the story of the origins of the Wizard and Oz’s infamous witches like Glinda the Good Witch of the North and Evanorah, the set-to-be squashed Wicked Witch of the East. Last week, Mila Kunis became attached to play Theodorah, the woman who would become the Wicked Witch of the West.

Meanwhile Franco cameoed yesterday on “General Hospital” as the assassin character he previously played. In the process he delivered a kind of meta joke about his Oscars hosting gig on Sunday.