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Kunis Up For "Oz the Great and Powerful"

By Garth Franklin Thursday February 17th 2011 07:40PM

Mila Kunis is walking away from the live-action remake of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 1988 manga epic "Akira" in favor of Sam Raimi's "Oz, The Great and Powerful" reports Vulture.

David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole," "Inkheart") was the most recent scribe who worked on the script for this prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" which 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.

Kunis is said be perfect for the part of Theodorah, the younger sister of Evanorah, who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. With Kunis' involvement, the circling James Franco has apparently agreed to do the picture in the role of the Wizard. Shooting kicks off in July.

The Hughes Brothers were keen to cast Kunis in "Akira". However with that project relying on such a huge budget, Warner Bros. Pictures insists a massive star is needed to anchor the film. Brad Pitt recently passed on the film which has now thrown its immediate future into doubt.

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