'Oz', a prequel of sorts to 'The Wizard of Oz,' stars James Franco as a magician who has to flee a traveling circus and escapes in a balloon that is blown off course to an enchanted land. There he gets involved with three powerful, witchy sisters: Evanora (Rachel Weisz), the older sister, wants to rule the land (as the Wicked Witch of the East) and tries to seduce her sister, Theodora (Mila Kunis), into becoming the Wicked Witch of the West. Michelle Williams will play Glinda, the good witch, who teams with Franco to face off against her evil sisters. Braff will play the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Franco's Oz.
The production is set to begin shooting in Michigan in July for a March 8, 2013 release (in 3D).
Braff, who starred on TV's 'Scrubs' for 10 years and wrote, directed and starred in the indie hit 'Garden State,' has kept a low profile since leaving TV: He's been working on a Broadway play, 'All New People,' which he wrote (and will open at the Second Stage Theatre in July), and stars in the Tribeca Films feature 'High Cost of Living,' which debuted in Canada in April but has yet to open in the States.