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Robert to star in Oz prequel

india Updated: Apr 24, 2010 02:41 IST

Robert Downey Jr Robert Downey Jr is reportedly set to play the lead role in an upcoming prequel of the The Wizard of Oz. Production Weekly reports that the actor, who is also in yet to release comic book sequel Iron Man 2, is in talks to star in Oz: The Great and Powerful.The prequel tale would follow the wonderful wizard when he first arrived in the faraway land somewhere over the rainbow.

On the other hand, Sam Mendes is a possible contender to direct the project, but reports have also hinted that Hairspray director Adam Shankman could get behind the camera, reports The New York Daily News. Written by screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, the script is based off of elements from different L Frank Baum books, the author of the original Oz tales, the Los Angeles Times reported.