James Franco Could Become The Next Wizard of Oz

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James Franco is the new man rumored to be in the running to play the great Oz in Sam Raimi's prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful.

Heat Vision is reporting the busy Oscar host's name has been floating around the studio.

Johnny Depp was originally rumored to be a favorite for the role, but has since passed it up. Robert Downey Jr. was also attached at one point.

Franco had worked with Raini in the past in all three installments of Spider-Man.

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Franco is an extremely busy man. He's set to host the Oscars, is returning the General Hospital, and is set to direct his first film - an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

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James Franco has enjoyed an eclectic career.

This Golden Globe winner truly made a name for himself via the Spider-Man franchise. He also played Tristan in Tristan and Isolde, and showed a comedic touch, appearing in Judd Apatow's Pineapple Express. He was also the lead in The Rise of The Planet of The Apes, and will be playing Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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