Are You Here For It? Naturi Naughton Wants The Lead In A Remake Of “The Wiz”

July 16, 2014  |  

If ever a day came that the 1978 remake of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz,” were to be remade itself, the first actress in line for the lead role would be Naturi Naughton. We caught up with the star of the new Starz series “Power” down in New Orleans for Essence Festival and asked her about her new role (and what it’s like to play the wife of the very fine Omari Hardwick) but we also asked about her dreams of playing Patti LaBelle on screen one day. That’s when Naturi let us know Auntie Patti isn’t the only star role she’s got her eye on. She also wouldn’t mind taking Diana Ross’s slot as the new Dorothy Gale if that musical were to ever be remade. Think she can pull it off?

Check out Naturi’s full interview in the video above.

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  • Gabie Aldrich

    This girl is making some serious moves! I see her becoming Viola status!

  • Kat Vieux

    She’s too old. Just like Diana was.

  • MiaSara

    The reason the first one doesn’t work is because Diana Ross was too old. If it is remade cast an unknown broadway juvenile actress.

    Natari u just concentrate on playing at least one role where those floppy hulking tay tahs of urs aren’t exposed on screen….
    Thank u

  • honeybee808

    No! And it’s not because it’s her, it’s because she’s too OLD to play the role of a 14 year old girl. As much as I loved The Wiz, it’s always bothered me how old diana ross looked playing dorothy. it was such a bad fit. and a distraction.

    also, the special effects of today would just ruin things, it would come off as overly-produced and there will never be another michael, so they just need to leave well enough alone.

    • Tee Elyse

      I feel you, Diana Ross was 28 when she played Dorothy… LOL she strong armed her way into that role

      • LPD184

        Maybe with the “new math” she was 28, but let the record show that she was born on March 26, 1944 and the Wiz was released in 1978. That would make Diana about 34 when the movie was made.

      • MiaSara

        Right! Diana is so ruthless. She snatched the role from little Stefanie Mills who originated it on stage.
        Stef got the last laugh tho because Diana was dragged thru the streets like a prostitute who didn’t make her quota.

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    I hate remakes but I’m SO for this!!! I swear they BETTA do the d@mn thing with this remake… & plz no predictable Chris Brown as the Scarecrow as it was rumored to be when word got out that it was being remade…

  • Lolachi

    Do we really need a remake of The Wiz?

    • Lost Soul

      No, we don’t.

  • honeypa72

    HELL NAW!!!! No offense, but Naturi acts the same way in every role she does. I hate her character in Power too, but for the same reasons I hated her characters in the other movies. No offense, but I don’t see this girl winning any Oscars any time soon!!! Just saying…

  • Glim

    Would be nice to see her in a role where she keeps her close on

    • Glim

      oh lawd. *clothes. Sry

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      She kept her clothes on in the remake of Fame… Oh wait, it was a flop so I doubt many saw it. (Before y’all start, I saw it on Epix)

  • Tee Elyse

    I hate her character on Power!!! HATE HATE HATE Tasha’s sneaky behind!!!! Ghost ain’t no angel either, but WOOO!!!!! She play the hell out of that part! LOL I like Naturi tho, been a fan since her 3LW days! I could definitely see her playing Patti and Dorothy!

  • smarty

    I can see it