An intrepid young actor is about to step into Michael Jackson’s shoes.

NBC has announced the latest round of casting for its live adaptation of The Wiz. Singer Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, rapper Common will play the Bouncer, the gatekeeper of the Emerald City, and Elijah Kelley will play the Scarecrow. The latter role was played by Michael Jackson in the 1978 film adaptation.

Nope, no pressure there

Kelley has musical experience, previously starring in the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray. As Seaweed, he proved he’s got killer vocals and limber dance moves to boot, which will serve him well in a role made famous by the King of Pop. Read more…

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‘The Wiz Live’ has landed its Scarecrow, Tin Man and Bouncer