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Well, it looks like Disney got their way. As we reported previously, the studio has been locked in an ongoing feud with 'Oz, the Great and Powerful' director Sam Raimi over who to cast as Glinda, the good witch. Today, reports are coming in that Michelle Williams (the studio's choice) has been officially cast in the role, with plans to begin filming in July. There has been no comment from Raimi - who wanted Hilary Swank for the role - on the decision or whether it was reached amicably or not. However, Raimi has a sour history with studios pushing their creative decisions on his films (like Sony requiring him to include Venom into Spider-Man 3), and one has to wonder whether this will affect the final film in any way.
Disney has also announced that 'The Social Network' actor Armie Hammer has been officially cast as the title character in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer tentpole 'The Lone Ranger'. Hammer has been in contention for the role for weeks now, and finally joins the film alongside Johnny Depp's Tonto and director Gore Verbinski in the director's chair. Written by Justin Haythe, the film expects to begin shooting sometime in the fall, once Hammer is done with Relativity Media's 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White' and Depp is done with Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'.
Last, but not least, Australian actor Joel Edgerton has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby', filling the role of philanderer Tom Buchanan. Buchanan is the husband to Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), the erstwhile love interest for Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and was previously set to be played by Ben Affleck (who had to leave the project due to scheduling issues). The bulked-up Edgerton, who can be seen alongside Tom Hardy in the upcoming film 'Warrior', seems a proper fit for the role, described as 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven'.