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Neal McDonough has been cast in Sci Fi Channel's upcoming miniseries "Tin Man," a new take on L. Frank Baum's classic novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," from RHI Entertainment.

Kathleen Robertson and Raoul Trujillo also have been tapped for the tentatively titled six-hour mini, joining the previously cast Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss.

The mini centers on DG (Deschanel), a young woman plucked from her humdrum life and thrust into the Outer Zone (aka the O.Z.), a world filled with wonder but oppressed by dark magic. Her journey leads her down the Old Road, where she is joined by Glitch (Cumming), an odd man missing half his brain; Raw (Trujillo), a quietly powerful wolverinelike creature longing for inner courage; and Cain (McDonough), a heroic former policeman (known in the O.Z. as Tin Men, for their tin badges) seeking vengeance for his scarred heart.

Ultimately, DG's destiny leads her to an emotional and terrifying showdown with the scintillatingly wicked sorceress Azkadellia (Robertson), whose ties to DG are closer than anyone could have imagined.

Dreyfuss will play a wizard known as the Mystic Man in the mini, which is set to go into production this month in Vancouver with an eye toward a December premiere.

RHI's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. are executive producing "Tin Man." Co-writers Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle also will serve as executive producers. Nick Willing will direct.

McDonough recently completed production on back-to-back films: the indie pic "I Know Who Killed Me," directed by Chris Sivertson, and Mandate Pictures' "The Horsemen," directed by Jonas Akerlund. His other credits include "Minority Report," HBO's "Band of Brothers" and "Flags of Our Fathers." He is repped by WMA and attorney Stuart Rosenthal.

Robertson's credits include the films "Hollywoodland" and "XX/XY" as well as the IFC series "The Business," which she also executive produces. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment.

Trujillo's credits include the films "Apocalypto" and "The New World" as well as TNT's miniseries "Into the West." He is repped by Pam Winter at the Gary Goddard Agency.
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