James Franco to star in ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel

Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 19:06 PM IST

New York: ‘127 Hours’ star James Franco has reportedly signed on to play the lead role in Disney``s ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel.

The 32-year-old will reunite with ‘Spider-Man’ director Sam Raimi for the big budget film, titled ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’, reports the New York Post.

He will film his scenes this summer before heading to Broadway to star in ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ alongside Nicole Kidman.