‘NSYNC’s Timberlake gets down with ‘O.Z.’

Prod'n pushed back until after possible SAG strike

Boy band megastar Justin Timberlake — aka The Cute One of ‘NSYNC — is in talks to join the cast of “The O.Z.,” Fox’s hip-hop adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Production on the musical telepic has been pushed back until after a potential SAG strike this summer. In addition, singer Brandy, who had been slated to star as Dorothy, has dropped out of the project. Fox has had conversations with soul/pop songstress Mya (“Return of the Ex”) for the role.

If a deal can be hammered out, Timberlake would play the Scarecrow. Thesp John Leguizamo is in talks to play a wicked warlock, while Little Richard has signaled his intent to play the Wizard.

Producers of “The O.Z.” include Tracey and Kenneth Edmonds, Chris Stokes and Katrina Askew. Project, from Fox TV Pictures, is the brainchild of Fox longform topper Marci Pool.

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