'New Moon' Actress Dakota Fanning To Star In The 'Wizard of Oz' Remake?

Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning may be heading over the rainbow (how very unvampire like!) in a new "Wizard of Oz" sequel, reports the UK's Daily Express. If cast, the 15-year-old would step in to the ruby red slippers of Dorothy's granddaughter.

The remake, described by one Warner Bros. executive as a "darker and more action-packed" take on the beloved L. Frank Baum tale, is being co-produced by Todd McFarlane, the man behind "Spawn." Todd hinted at what audiences could expect from his grittier remake saying, "You've still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she's much closer to the Ripley character from 'Alien' [Sigourney Weaver] than a helpless singing girl."

Though I'm not sure how I feel about a darker "Wizard of Oz" (does anyone remember the frightful "Return to Oz"?), I am stoked to see Dakota take on a potentially kick-butt role. She's no stranger to strong female characters, but the abilities of Dakota's alter egos usually lies within their minds.

For instance, in the action flick "Push," Dakota played Cassie Holmes, a girl whose special skill was seeing the future (while bullets and such whizzed around her). And in the upcoming "New Moon," the blonde plays a Volturi vampire who inflicts pain through the power of her mind. Perhaps this "Oz" remake will finally allow Dakota to flex her action muscles (and show off all those cheerleading skills).

What do you think about Dakota potentially being cast in a "Wizard of Oz" remake?