Usually, nobody gets in to see the Wizard -- not nobody, not no how. But he may make an exception for Robert Downey, Jr. The back-on-top actor is reportedly in talks to play a younger version of the great and powerful Oz, and the story has been burning up the Internet, for at least three reasons we can think of. 1) It's RDJ. 2) It's The Wizard of Oz, which hasn't had a live-action sequel or prequel since 1985's Return to Oz. (Theatrically, anyway. Syfy's Tin Man showed a future Oz.) 3) Just the idea of RDJ as a young charlatan traveling to Oz via hot-air balloon makes us smile. We're so gleeful about it, in fact, that we decided to come up with other Oz prequels we'd like to see, exploring other beloved Oz characters with A-list actors in the roles. Here's our over-the-rainbow wish list.
Coward, starring Seth Rogen
How did the Cowardly Lion get to be so cowardly? We first meet the big cat (Seth Rogen) as a cub, and we see him grow up into a brave lion -- but then everything goes wrong. In one night, his pride is killed by a creature of unspeakable terror, and his whole life is turned upside-down. With nowhere to run, and no one to turn to, he must make his way to the Emerald City for help... if he survives.
Man of Straw, starring Adrien Brody
When two witches duel in a cornfield, a stray bolt of magic strikes a scarecrow, and he comes to life. A blank slate, he soon falls in with a gang of Munchkin bandits who are impressed that arrows and bullets go right through him. But as the spell slowly replaces his straw with flesh and blood, he realizes that the life he has chosen is not the right one, and most stop his new friends before they take more lives.
Heartless, starring Jason Statham
Nick Chopper is a simple woodsman, engaged to the most beautiful girl in his village. But when he unintentionally enrages the local Wicked Witch, she enchants his axe so that it kills his bride-to-be and chops off his limbs, one by one. The local tinsmith builds Nick a new body, making him into a Tin Man, but a heart no longer beats in his chest... only revenge.
Emerald City P.D., starring Jack Black
In Emerald City, life is good. Everyone lives in peace and harmony, crime is unheard of and the flying monkeys keep their distance. But who keeps the streets of the palace safe? The E.C.P.D., that's who. City gatekeeper Zook Strongarm is tired of answering the door, and wants to become a mounted policeman, but is too much of a screw-up to pass the test. But when a mix-up actually gets him on the force, well, that's a horse of a different color! Seriously, he rides a horse of a different color.
Wicked, starring Megan Fox
Seriously, why isn't this a movie yet? Aside from the fact that Megan Fox probably can't sing?
What Oz prequels would you like to see, and who would you like to see in them? Speak the words below.
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