Glee's Lea Michele lands DOROTHY OF OZ role!

Bit of news for the ladies and some girl's just have all the luck don't they? Glee's Lea Michele has landed her perfect movie debut role, as Variety reports she will lead Summertime Entertainment's animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz. In one of several thousand Oz reboots in the works, Michele will voice and sing original musical numbers written by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams (so that's where he's been) and his writing partner Jim Vallance. Also, Jim Belushi will star as the Cowardly Lion, Dan Aykroyd as the scarecrow and Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man! Rather bizarrely at least another six films based on the Wizard of Oz are reportedly due to be made in the next few years (including one that Sam Raimi has now seemingly become linked with, read on...) Disney, who have seen reboot success with Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, are working on The Great and PowerfulOz, a tale that follows the journey of the wizard to the Emerald City. This is probably the highest profile adaptation with Robert Downey Jr a longtime in the frame to play the wizard, and Vulture reporting that Sam Raimi may have been offered the chance to direct. (More on that in a future article, when there is less football going on!!) Drew Barrymore who has tasted director duties and success with the well received Whip It has signed on to direct Surrender Dorothy, pitched as a sequel to the 1939 musical. Barrymore was actually in the frame to play the great great granddaughter of Dorothy when the script was brought to her way back in 2002 but it's not known whether at 35 years old she's still the first choice for the part. Add to this two CGI versions, one based on a comic book series and one starring Lord of the Rings' Samwise Gamgee, Sean Astin and is titled The Witches of Oz. Christopher Lloyd is attached as the wizard, it's all a bit much really. Out of all of them it seems the Dorothy of Oz may be the first to see the big screen. Lea Michele is clearly a great singer and will do their lead voice justice but seeing as Glee is one of the hottest shows on television right now, the finale attracting more viewers in the US than any other finale this season (think competition with the end of Lost, 24, Flashforward) she's bound to bring in a lot of their fans. Dorothy of Oz is based on children's author Roger S. Baum's (great-grandson of Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum) writings and is slated for a 2012 release.
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