July 13th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
Director Sam Raimi is pulling back the curtain in the trailer for "Oz: The Great and Powerful," spinning the story of who the wizard was before Dorothy and Toto arrived in town.
The first scenes of the trailer, which debuted at Comic-Con Thursday, will feel familiar as they take us from the black-and-white world of Kansas and into the colorful land of Oz thanks to one ferocious tornado.
James Franco stars as the titular wizard, a circus magician who starts his adventure in search of greatness. "Kansas is full of good men," he says in the clip. "I don't want to be a good man. I want to be a great one."
When he gets swept into Oz, he comes across three witches: the kind Glinda, as played by Michelle Williams; Rachel Weisz's Evanora; and Mila Kunis' Theodora.
Raimi's rendering of the magical world created by author Frank L. Baum departs from the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," so you won't see the Tin Man or the Scarecrow in this prequel-esque take.
Instead, Raimi told attendees at Comic-Con, "This is the story about who Oz was and how he came to be the real wizard,” Wired magazine reports. “He’s a bit of a lothario, a cad, a little selfish. By the time he gets to Oz, it’s like a land of second chances.”
"Oz: The Great and Powerful" opens March 8, 2013.
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