James Franco excited for Sam Raimi on Oz movie

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An Oscar-winning Natalie Portman portrays a disturbed ballerina named Nina in this 2010 psychological thriller. After landing the lead in "Swan Lake", Nina goes to desperate lengths to fill her role as both the White and Black swan. The delicate ballerina is thrown further off balance when she perceives that a girl named Lily (Mila Kunis) is more qualified for the part.
April 11th, 2011

James Franco wanted to work on 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' so he could team up with Sam Raimi.

The '127 Hours' actor collaborated with the director on the 'Spider-Man' movie series - starring Tobey Maguire as the titular web-slinging hero - and was keen to sign up to the forthcoming 'Wizard of Oz' prequel so he could star in another of his films.

He said: "I love the idea of working with Sam Raimi again. Sam is a master of combining classic Hollywood character types and storylines and ideas, and then matching that with innovative technology."

The Hollywood hunk - who this year hosted the Oscars with Anne Hathaway - is looking forward to shooting on the movie taking place because he is sure they will create a world with "room to play".

Speaking about the forthcoming project - which also stars 'Black Swan' star Mila Kunis - he said: "I really think he's going to build an incredible world, but a world where we have room to play and have fun."