Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vincent D’Onofrio Will Be the Wizard of Oz in NBC’s ‘Emerald City’


Remember the last time Vincent D’Onofrio ruled the city?! Well, since that worked out so well, he’ll be doing it again, apparently. He’s set to play in Emerald City - the Wizard himself, no less. Emerald City is the latest adaptation of the L. Frank Baum’s famous book, which successfully combines the modern with the dark. You can find more info about D’Onofrio’s Wizard of Oz after the jump.

This is how the Deadline described his character:

The Wizard of Oz is the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.

Emerald City hasn’t yet aired a single episode; yet it’s already had its ups and downs – at first in January 2014, NBC gave the drama a straight-to-series order, only to retract the order later during the year. Producer Universal Television brought it back to NBC after reworking the concept a bit, and in April this year it was on again with the order for 10 new episodes.

Here’s how NBC describes the series:

In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

All 10 episodes will be directed by Tarsem Singh, who incidentally worked with D’Onofrio in The Cell. Considering the director, it’s safe to say that we’re up to some splendid visuals!

Producers are David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy; and apart from D’Onofrio, the rest of the cast is as follows: AdriaArjona is expected as Dorothy, Ana Ularu as the Wicked Witch of the West, Mido Hamada as Eamonn, Gerran Howell as Jack, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas, and Jordan Loughran as Tip.

It’s been a great year for the actor who made a great splash in Marvel/Netflix’s Daredevil as Wilson Fisk and in Jurassic World, this summer’s No. 1 hit. He’s also currently involved in another two projects – one, where he doesn’t play a villain, remake of Magnificent Seven and CHiPS, where he’ll… well, play a villain, for a change.

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