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Vincent D’Onofrio to Add Some Darkness to NBC’s Gritty Wizard of Oz Show

“I want to make this Emerald City something better than it is, something beautiful.”

Emerald City, NBC’s dark and gritty reimaging of The Wizard of Oz, has founds its heavy: Vincent D’Onofrio, whom THR reports will play the Wizard in the upcoming ten-episode mini-series. This won’t be your grandfather’s wizard — D’Onofrio’s character is apparently “the enigmatic leader of Emerald City [who] rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.” Just like in Daredevil! The series’ Dorothy, too, is a far cry from Judy Garland: True Detective’s Adria Arjona will star as a policewoman who is transported to Oz, which, in this telling, is “a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy” that transforms Dorothy into “a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.” Get ready to follow the yellow brick road … to Hell.

Vincent D’Onofrio Joins NBC’s Emerald City