Dreyfuss into Mystic for 'Tin Man'


Richard Dreyfuss has joined Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming in the cast of Sci Fi Channel's upcoming miniseries "Tin Man."

The tentatively titled six-hour mini, from RHI Entertainment, is a reimagined fantasy take on Frank Baum's book "The Wizard of Oz." Dreyfuss will play a wizard known as the Mystic Man in the mini, which stars Deschanel as DG, a young woman plucked from her humdrum life and thrust into the Outer Zone, aka the O.Z., which is filled with wonder and oppressed by dark magic.

Cumming plays Glitch, an odd man missing half his brain who becomes one of a trio of companions who joins DG on her journey down the fabled Old Road that leads to the Mystic Man. The other two roles -- Raw, a quietly powerful wolverinelike creature longing for inner courage, and Cain, a heroic former policeman (known as Tin Men) seeking vengeance for his scarred heart -- have not yet been cast.

"Tin Man" is slated to begin production this month in Vancouver for a December premiere.

The mini will be executive produced by RHI's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. Co-writers Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle also are executive producing. Nick Willing will direct.

Dreyfuss next appears on the big screen in the feature film "Suburban Girl." His recent credits include last year's "Poseidon." The actor won an Oscar for his lead role in 1977's "The Goodbye Girl," which also earned him a Golden Globe and other awards, and was nominated again in 1996 for "Mr. Holland's Opus."

He is repped by ICM.