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Riding high from his success on 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' it now appears that for his next role, Robert Downey Jr. may be off to see the wizard. And yes, we mean that wizard.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Downey Jr. is in serious talks with Disney to play the Wizard of Oz in a prequel that will tell the story of how a lowly Kansas charlatan became the all-powerful man behind the curtain. The screenplay, which was written by Mitchell Kapner ('The Whole Nine Yards'), is said to be notably darker in tone than the beloved 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz.' Riding high from his success on 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' it now appears that for his next role, Robert Downey Jr. may be off to see the wizard. And yes, we mean that wizard.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Downey Jr. is in serious talks with Disney to play the Wizard of Oz in a prequel that will tell the story of how a lowly Kansas charlatan became the all-powerful man behind the curtain. The screenplay, which was written by Mitchell Kapner ('The Whole Nine Yards'), is said to be notably darker in tone than the beloved 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz.'

That, in turn, would seem to be right up Downey Jr.'s alley, as he has made a career playing complex, larger-than-life characters. Just what tone the movie will take, though, may depend in large part on the choice of director: Currently, Sam Mendes ('American Beauty') and Adam Shankman ('Hairspray'), who have significantly different aesthetics, are both being considered.

Whichever director ends up getting the gig, though, chances are if Downey Jr. agrees to the role, the movie will be put on the fast track: The actor's notoriously full shooting schedule has a tailor-made opening next spring that would be perfect for the wonderful wizard.

Until then, Downey's on-screen magic can be seen next on May 7 when 'Iron Man 2' hits theaters.