Robert Downey Jr.: Who Can Fill His 'Oz' Shoes?

Okay, there is so much awesome in this story I hardly know where to start. First of all, there's a prequel-like take on The Wizard of Oz in the works called Oz, the Great and Powerful. The reported synopsis of Oz in a nutshell: Oz, a wizard who is really more of a con man, flees a traveling circus to land in the Land of Oz, where he falls in love with Glinda the Good Witch and teams up with her to battle the wicked witches of the east and west.

The director? Sam Freaking Raimi, thank you very much. You may know Mr. Raimi from a little franchise called Spider-Man, but I will forever love him for the '80s-era Evil Dead series. I DEFY you to name a single horror movie that kicks more ass than Evil Dead II. You can't! BECAUSE IT ISN'T POSSIBLE.

Guess who was set to star as the all-powerful huckster wizard in Oz? My boyfriend Robert Downey Jr., that's who. Absolutely perfect choice, since this character sounds a bit like a Tony Stark/Sherlock mashup, and—


All right, so there's one teeny tiny bit of bummer news in all this, and that's that Robert Downey Jr. just bowed out. But! Do not fret, because who is the one actor that could replace RDJ and be just as good, if not better?

Damn straight, Johnny Depp.

It's not a sure thing yet, since Depp is in "discussions" with Disney over the role, but I'm crossing my fingers. Because in a film industry that's currently obsessed with pumping out bad 3D and movies based on video games (seriously, have you heard that Peter Berg is directing a $200-million budget film, starring Rihanna, based on the game Battleship? THE GAME. BATTLESHIP. As in, "You sunk my." OMFG), Oz sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

Any ideas who should fill the role if Depp isn't available?

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