Vincent D'Onofrio to play the Wizard of Oz in NBC drama
NBC has found its Wizard: Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as the man behind the curtain in NBC’s drama Emerald City.
The Jurassic World and Daredevil actor stars as “a man of science in a world of magic, the Wizard rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.”
Emerald City is a reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s fantasy world — and not to be confused with NBC’s upcoming live musical version of The Wiz. The project has had a bumpy (yellow brick) road to the screen, having been first announced as a drama series over a year ago before it was scrapped and then revived earlier this year as a miniseries, and now is a drama again. NBC has ordered 10 episodes.
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The description: “Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (True Detective‘s Adria Arjona) is transported to another world — a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful Wizard has outlawed magic and rules over the many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before — where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows and a young girl from Kansas becomes the headstrong hero who holds the fate of their world in her hands.” Previously, Ana Ularu (The Borgias) was cast as The Wicked Witch of the West.
David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy are the executive producers, with director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) reuniting with D’Onofrio. There’s no premiere date yet, but The Wiz Live is coming Dec. 3.