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Robert Downey Jr to play Wizard of Oz?

india Updated: Apr 22, 2010 17:07 IST

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RobertHollywood actor Robert Downey Jr is reportedly set to play the lead in a prequel to Wizard of Oz.

The original 1939 movie, starring Judy Garland, became a cinematic classic, while another film based on L. Frank Baum's books, Return To Oz, was released by Disney in 1985.

The movie-makers are preparing to return to the big screen in a new picture, titled Oz The Great and Powerful.

The film will be a prequel to the Garland movie, based on Baum's work, and will tell the story of a young circus magician who ends up ruler of the magical country after crash-landing there in a hot air balloon, reports dailystar.co.uk.

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is in talks to direct the picture.