Eonline has released the characters posters for the upcoming series Emerald City, including The Wizard, portrayed by Vincent!
A sneak peek trailer will air during the Grimm panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23, at 2:30 p.m.!
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Forget the twister that whisked Judy Garland away from Kansas — Emerald City, NBC’s gritty spin on The Wizard of Oz, has had to endure an even rougher ride to get to the small screen: The network first ordered the series in 2014, killed it that same year, then revived it eight months later under new showrunners. And though there’s been no shortage of shows based on the classic source material — including NBC’s own live production of The Wiz in December — this 10-episode series, which derives plotlines from all 14 of L. Frank Baum’s Oz-based books, will upend the titular city the most, according to producers.
Some of the adult context in NBC’s Emerald City will include Dorothy (Adria Arjona) struggling to reconcile with her mother, who abandoned her as a child; the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) and the Wicked Witch of the East (Florence Kasumba) contending with a looming war between kingdoms and belief systems; and Lucas (“the Scarecrow,” played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen) suffering painful trauma that causes him to lose his memory. Even Toto gets a makeover: He’s now a trained K9 police dog.
NBC’s hefty new 10-part take on the Wizard of Oz story, Emerald City, is set to film in Croatia, Hungary and Spain.
The dark fantasy drama comes from Universal Television and is exec produced by Shaun Cassidy and showrunner David Schulner.
It centres on the eponymous wizard, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, a charismatic scientist and leader who inspires both fear and respect in a mystical kingdom of witches, warriors and magic.
Tarsem Singh directs the ten-episode, straight-to-series order, from scripts by David Schulner, Matthew Arnold and Joelle Garfinkel. An international crew is assembling on this one, which also stars Adria Arjona (True Detective) as Dorothy.
Hungary has hosted many high-profile productions, with recent coups including Ridley Scott’s The Martian and epic historical TV drama The Last Kingdom. Spain is currently revelling in once again playing host to the behemoth Game of Thrones, an honour which has also fallen to Croatia, previously home to US TV series The Dig.
If you’re paying attention to that man behind the curtain, you’ll notice it’s Vincent D’Onofrio.
The Marvel’s Daredevil and Law & Order: Criminal Intent vet has been cast as the Wizard of Oz in Emerald City, NBC’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation blending elements from author L. Frank Baum’s classic 14-novel collection.
D’Onofrio’s Wizard is described as “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.”
The logline for the drama is as follows: “Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is transported to another world — a mystical land in great peril, where an all-powerful Wizard has outlawed magic and rules over the many kingdoms. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before — where lethal warriors roam, wicked witches plot in the shadows and a young girl from Kansas becomes the headstrong hero who holds the fate of their world in her hands.”
The Peacock net gave Emerald City a 10-episode, straight-to-series order back in April, a reversal of fortune for a project it had killed off back in April 2014. The reimagining found David Schulner (The Event) taking over showrunner reins from original writer EP/writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Shaun Cassidy (American Gothic, Invasion) will serve as executive producer alongside Schulner.
Over the summer, True Detective Season 2 star Adria Arjona landed the lead role of Dorothy. Tarsem, who worked with D’Onofrio on The Cell, is set to direct.