This Friday marks the debut of Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” The prequel to the 1939 MGM film classic explores the Land of Oz when witches were young and beautiful, strange inhabitants roamed freely, and a young out of place carnival magician tries to find his niche. Check out the interviews, and learn more about the land somewhere over the rainbow.
Here’s the storyline for the film.
Oscar Diggs (James Franco,) a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis,) Evanora (Rachel Weisz,) and Glinda (Michelle Williams,) who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
The action/adventure/fantasy film “Oz: The Great and Powerful” will open in theaters on March 8, 2013. It stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Martin Klebba, Tim Holmes, Mia Serafino, Toni Wynne, Bruce Campbell, Stephen R. Hart, Rob Crites, Ted Raimi, Dashiell Raimi, Oliver Raimi, and Emma Raimi. Mitchell Kapner, and David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the screenplay based on the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Sam Raimi directs.
Sources: movieweb, IMDb