May 18th, 2011
09:25 AM ET
Add Michelle Williams to the growing list of actors getting ready to hit the yellow brick road in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz: The Great and Powerful."
The enchanting actress has just been offered the part of Glinda the Good Witch, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
James Franco has already been cast as a snake-oil salesman whose balloon carries him to a magical place somewhere over the rainbow, where he goes on to become the Wizard of Oz.
Rachel Weisz is circling the role of Wicked Witch of the East Evanorah, who, long before Dorothy's house did her in, attempts to draw kid sister Theodorah over to the dark side. Apparently it worked: Theodorah, played by Mila Kunis, eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Prior to Williams being tapped for Glinda, "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively was rumored to be in the running for the role. But Kristin Chenoweth, who played Glinda in the Oz musical "Wicked," has her own idea about who would have been perfect for the part. "I always liked the thought of Reese Witherspoon [as Glinda]," she tells Marquee.
"Oz: The Great and Powerful" is set to begin filming in Michigan in July for a fall 2012 release.
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