Oz in the News 7.15.15

Tarsem-Singh-Emerald-CityTarsem Singh to Direct All 10 Episodes of NBC’s ‘Emerald City’  Tarsem Singh‘s Self/less isn’t getting much love from general audiences or critics at the moment, but thankfully the filmmaker is already preparing a rebound. Singh is set to direct all ten episodes of Emerald City, NBC’s upcoming drama based on The Wizard of Oz. More details on the Tarsem Singh Emerald City project after the jump. Executive producer David Schulner announced the Tarsem Singh Emerald City news on Twitter.

NBC’s Gritty ‘Emerald City’ Adds a Sexy Scarecrow  Following Adria Arjona’s casting as Dorothy (don’t worry, she has a K9 police Toto as well), Deadline reports that Dracula star Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the role of Lucas, a handsome, mysterious and quick-witted man discovered by Dorothy beaten, bloodied, and moaning on a post outside the ruins of his village. Lucas is apparently the lone survivor of a mass crucifixion (yikes), and remembers neither his past, nor his name. In addition, Ana Ularu will play “West” (read: probably the witch) a madame and unholy ally of the Wizard, while Gerran Howell will play the brave and adventurous Jack. For those unfamiliar, NBC initially announced its Emerald City take on L. Frank Baum’s work to coincide with the classic film’s 75th anniversary, before surprisingly pulling the plug only weeks later. Following the initial “creative differences” with showrunner Josh Friedkin, Emerald City returned with a 10-episode order under The Event producer David Schulner.

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