Producers at NBC, the U.S. network behind the upcoming TV adaptation, have already tapped Queen Latifah to play the titular wizard, who was first portrayed by Richard Pryor in the 1978 movie, while they have cast Mary J. Blige as Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Now production bosses are seeking to add Beyonce to The Wiz Live! line-up in the role previously made famous onscreen by Lena Horne, although Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba is also shortlisted for the part, according to

The Wiz, which originally debuted on Broadway in 1975, is a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, with an all-black cast.

The 1978 film adaptation also starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

Producers of the telecast, which will air in America in December (15), are hoping to transfer the show to Broadway for the 2016-17 season.